Mount Wilson Observatory Saved as Investigation Into Station Fire Heats Up

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on September 4, 2009 6:56 pm

It was the brave and relentless efforts of firefighters that save the Mount Wilson Observatory.  Backfires, fire retardant saved the historic observatory from becoming just a spec in the massive 150,000+ acre forest fire.

The LA Times is reporting that a substance was found near the Station fire’s point of origin.  It had already been determined the first was started by an arsonist, and the unidentified substance has become a key piece (obviously) in the investigation as possible suspects are pursued.

The fire now holds the distinction of being the largest in Los Angeles County’s modern history according to Fire Department Captain Jerry Meehan.

Hal McAlister, Mount Wilson Observatory director, continues his stay atop Mount Wilson.  The historical observatory is a place of great scientific discovery.  It was at this place that Edwin Hubble observed an expanding universe.  Its architect Myron Hunt was Frank Lloyd Wright’s peer and co-worker.

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