Mount Wilson Observatory safe from Los Angeles fires

Mount Wilson Observatory safe from Los Angeles fires

The cause remains under investigation. The fire grew by about 10,000 acres Thursday.

Sparing no effort, firefighters successfully waged all-out war yesterday (September 15) on a wildfire that threatened two famous telescopes and other scientific and communications equipment that sit atop Mt. Wilson, a mountain a little more than 30 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Back fires set throughout the day Tuesday near the observatory were effective in decreasing the intensity and spread of the flames, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Temperatures in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles reached 116 degrees (46 Celsius) for the second day in a row, forecasters said. "Delaying evacuation will prevent fire crews from suppression activities and compromise the safety of the public and first responders".

Top Image: A firefighter works at the scene of the Bobcat Fire burning on hillsides near Monrovia Canyon Park in Monrovia, California on September 15, 2020.

The mountain town of Wrightwood has been issued an evacuation warning.

"We had a good night last night and fire behavior moderated at the south end of the fire". "Vehicles should be fully fueled, facing out in their driveways and ready to leave".

Evacuation orders are still in place for residents in parts of the City of Arcadia and City of Sierra Madre, which are close to the fire area.

"If you have not already done so, gather your family, pets, important papers, medications and any emergency supplies, and be prepared to evacuate the area if ordered". Residents are advised to enter through Gate 5.

The Red Cross has established a temporary evaction point at Palmdale High School, 2137 East Avenue R. Accomodations for 300 large animals are available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District extended a smoke advisory through Friday afternoon as unhealthy air continues to blanket much of the L.A. Basin and Inland Empire. It's not just local fires though; smoke is also making its way to us from wildfires in Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

Look up the latest air quality info for your area at "The more active area appears to be moving northward", the Mount Wilson Observatory reported a few hours ago on its Twitter feed.

The observatory is where astronomers confirmed that galaxies exist outside the Milky Way and that the universe is expanding.

The observatory tweeted Tuesday morning that its boundaries were "still secure at this time" and they have 12 companies of professionals from the Los Angeles County Fire Department to provide assistance.

"The heat can do irreparable damage".

"There's major infrastructure for radio, television and cell towers up there", L.A. County Fire Capt. David Dantic said earlier this week, "so there might be possible disruptions". Sometimes, however, we make mistakes and/or initial reports turn out to be wrong.



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