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Fire Threatens Mt. Wilson Observatory & JPL August 30, 2009

Posted by jcconwell in Astronomy, Observatory.
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A group of firefighters rest their legs while waiting for the Station Fire to cross a gully. ( Photo: Dave Bullock (eecue)) ( JPL in the Foreground, Photo: Dave Bullock (eecue))

Dave Bullock’s site is at http://davebullock.com/

The Station Fire is close to historic Mt. Wilson Observatory. The staff has been evacuated and updates are hard to get with the situation in flux. Below are some links that can give more information on this changing situation.

Dr. Pamela Gay’s (Starstyder): news and past fires at observatories

Planetary Society (Emily Lawdawalla) News and Links

Mt. Wilson fire website

Mt Wilson Tower Webcam

UPDATE , Los Angeles Times, Mount Wilson:

10:20 a.m (PDT)., 8/30/09: Fire is two miles away from Mt. Wilson, site of a number of important communications towers and an observatory. Ground crews are cutting back vegetation and brush in the area in order to arrest the fire’s progress in that area.

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