Historic Mt. Wilson Observatory May Survive Station Fire!

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 31, 2009 9:54 am

Just as its headstone was being carved out, it appears the incredible work of firefighters may save the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory.  Fire crews have been clearing brush around the observatory for days.  Along with the heavy use of fire retardant, the 100-year-old structure has been given a fighting chance to survive!

Inspector Edward Osorio of the LA County Fire Department said, “At this point, I don’t think it suffered any serious damage. We’ll probably get some flare-ups or threatening flame activity, but we don’t think it’s going to be a major problem.”

More than 2,800 fire personnel, 12 helicopters, and eight air tankers are fighting the Station fire.  The blaze erupted on Wednesday, and overnight it doubled in size to 85,000 acres.

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