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Charred body found near Mt. Wilson fire

County officials say no structures are immediately threatened by a brush fire that broke out before dawn Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, on steep hillsides near the historic observatory on Mt. Wilson above Los Angeles.
County officials say no structures are immediately threatened by a brush fire that broke out before dawn Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, on steep hillsides near the historic observatory on Mt. Wilson above Los Angeles.
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Authorities say a charred body has been found on Mount Wilson northeast of Los Angeles, where crews working in steep terrain are trying to surround a smoldering wildfire.

Sheriff's Sgt. Vincent Plair says the male body discovered late Wednesday was recovered by the coroner's office, which will try to make an identification.

Firefighters are making slow but steady progress against the blaze that broke out Tuesday near the 5,710-foot peak. It had burned 50 acres of brush and timber.

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Crews using water-dropping aircraft protected the famous Mount Wilson observatory and a facility that houses critical broadcast and communications antennas for the Los Angeles region. The fire did not burn near foothill homes.