13:25 PDT: In a bad turn of events, the Station Fire reached the summit of Mount Wilson, coming within feet of the observatory buildings. It seems possible that this fire may be due to secondary effects from the Station Fire (i.e. airborne embers). Watch the unfolding events via the KTLA helicopter.
The 150ft Solar Tower and the 100″ Hooker Observatory are both under siege from the smoke and fire. Fortunately, the fires aren’t as active as they have been, possibly due to increased humidity in the region, but this is obviously a concern. However, fire crews appear to be controlling the blaze so far. According to @CalFireNews, fire crews are in the area protecting the structures:
*Station IC* There are between 5-8 Engines providing Structure protection for Mount Wilson. — CalFireNews
In case you cannot access the Solar Tower’s Towercam, check the mirror site.
My thoughts are with the fire crews bravely fighting the fires around the observatory.
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