Griffith Park arson fire spreads – UPDATED

This one’s not going away easily, folks: CBS is calling it 200 acres and fire officials say it’s arson. KNX puts it at 150 acres.

The base of the smoke pall at the left of the frame in this picture is where the fire started a couple of hours ago. It’s now blowing eastward through Griffith and smoke is blowing across the 5.
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UPDATE: KNX is reporting Griffith Observatory and the L.A. Zoo have been evacuated – of people. No word yet on whether the animals are in danger, or what preparations might be underway for their safety.

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