MT. WILSON MADE IT THROUGH and as the newspapers say "...is ready for another one hundred years of astronomy." But it was not without hard work. Here is a picture of back-fires being lit...in preparation for the real fire.
Below is how our mountains looked Tuesday, Sept. 1
Tuesday, Sept. 1--
You are looking at the "station fire". It has burned 127,000 acres and in a matter of minutes it will approach the top of Mt. Wilson, where the historic observatory awaits its fate. Nearby, dozens of critical TV/radio antennas—a communication hub—for Los Angeles, are vulnerable. (see picture below)
Apparently, firemen wanted to go up there and prepare for the fire, but they were delayed due to certain "authorities" who wanted to wait for the "right time". They were finally deployed.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Steve Martin said. “We are going to burn, cut, foam and gel. And if that doesn’t work, we’re going to pray. This place is worth a lot, but it’s not worth dying for. ”
In a worst-case scenario, firefighters will flee to the concrete and steel basement of the 105-year-old, 100-inch telescope observatory.I took a bike ride at dusk and was relieved to only see smoke (no flames) around Mt. Wilson. But just before riding home I saw a flash of bright orange which looked like a tongue licking the side of ridge close the area of the antennas.
This is a picture I took a couple weeks ago when we were up at the top. Today they chain-sawed the area, so I doubt those trees are still there.
The good news is the fire is 22% contained. This is due to the cooler weather today. It was in the 90's instead of 100's.
Special thanks to "Dailymail" for their information.
If you want to see some great pictures---google "dailymail station fire pictures"
(The area where we live is safe.)