LA Times-Inside the Mt Wilson Fire Fighting Effort
If I recall it was Ojoe that would post images from the Mt Wilson webcam and I seem to have picked up the habit. But mostly because I half taught myself to shoot landscape up there. Heck if I brought the gear I could do macro images of flowers and textures, Landscape, or take in the Hummingbird at the dozen or so feeders at the Cosmic Cafe. 3 or 4 genres of photography to be had in one spot. . All as a nice Saturday break less than an hour from home or work. Regular visitors probably saw my posts of the new webcams up there recently.
As they get control of the fire the LA Times did a piece on the firefight and the location. Here is a clip from the article.
Below the article, I reposted images from those earlier posts. They include images from the new webcam and screencaps from flightradar.com that showed the air campaign of tankers and helicopters.
It was a week into the Bobcat fire and 300-foot flames were lapping at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory.
This was the moment firefighters and observatory officials had been fearing: the fire striking a direct blow to the complex. Glowing red embers chewed through brush and trees, and thick smoke billowed into dark skies typically reserved for stargazing.
“It was gaining a flame-front we couldn’t manage,” said Oscar Vargas, division chief for the Angeles National Forest. “One that could destroy the observatory.”
From before the fire…