Bobcat Fire Moves Within 500 Feet Of Mt. Wilson Observatory

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Bobcat Fire Moves Within 500 Feet Of Mt. Wilson Observatory

All observatory personnel had been evacuated.

On Monday night, Mount Wilson Observatory’s account tweeted alarming images of the Bobcat blaze approaching the iconic 116-year-old scientific station. The fire threatens to destroy 18 historic telescopes plus cutting edge science and important radio and TV signal towers.

On Tuesday afternoon, Angeles National Forest officials reported that the fire was within 500 feet of it with crews in place, ready to receive the strike.

Helicopter reporters have captured an aerial view that shows the close range of the fire and the observatory shrouded in smoke. Preempting the strike, containment lines and strategic fires were set on the slopes below during the night to protect historic structures.

The fire started on September 6 and has grown to over 40,000 acres, with containment lingering at 6% for days and now plummeting to 3%. Additional crew are still on the ground working to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory and the foothill communities affected by the fire.

Featured image: @MtWilsonObs

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