THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                          CGC #932
                 Monday,  September 1, 2009
              Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
              <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
  Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
  A live helicopter video feed provided by CBS (up until
about 11:45 AM PDST), showed a line of fire at the northern
boundary of the observatory property on Mt. Wilson.  Since trees 
permeate the observatory site (and to a smaller degree the 
broadcast site), the fire could progress directly into these
  There is some speculation that we may be seeing an
intentionally set "backfire" to blunt the effect of the main
fire that one engineer maintains is still a ways down the
mountain to the north.  A fire ground crew is on Wilson (four
trucks were shown along with a few individual firefighters).
  The smoke was white in color at 11:45 AM and appeared to
be burning the under-brush as opposed to tree canopies, lending
support to the backfire theory.  Backfires are powerful fire
fighting tools when used properly.
  Check out the fire video offerings at....
  http://www.ktla.com (red bar, wait for it to say Wildfire
  Coverage or words to that effect, then click on it).
  http://cbs2.com (Breaking News box)
  ....and please DO NOT publicize these addresses to the
general public least these server overload.
  Don't forget Larry Lopez's site for still photos from
the overloaded Observatory Web camera:
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