THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #944
                   Tuesday, September 8, 2009
                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
  Extract from the Mt. Wilson Observatory Newsletter
  Tuesday, 8 Sep 09, 9:15 am PDT
  The expectation is that the back fire will be set this morning,
dependent upon the completion of a check fire line in the adjacent
zone to the east.  The weather is expected to divert from its
presently favorable conditions later this week, and the Station
Fire Incident Command wants to complete this operation.  The delay
has resulted from the tremendous challenge to Hot Shots in the next
zone to the east of the mountain who have been cutting a fire break
in difficult terrain in the face of active fire.  The fire will be
started at the northeast corner of the mountain and proceed
eastward along the north side of the fire break clearly visible
in the right portion of the Towercam image.  It will go down beyond
the point and connect to the next fire zone.
  Fire fighters are back in position on the mountain with hose
strung all over the grounds.  Although it is unlikely to occur, if
the back fire does turn and climb the mountain, structure protection
will go forward using the hoses.  Dave has calculated that our water
supply will last for 30 hours at continuous maximum demand.  I'm
confident it won't come to that, but it is very reassuring to have
these fire crews at the ready up here.
  If the operation does start, the Mount Wilson - Red Box Road
will be closed to all traffic in both directions.  I will post a
note when I have definitive information about the back fire.
  o  Mt. Wilson Observatory Webcam (please keep this
  address confidential):
  o  Mount Wilson Observatory fire newsletter:
  Subject: Rules for Wilson/Harvard Access
  Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 9:38 AM PDST
  Dear Permittees,
  We will be informed early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning
regarding Mt Wilson/Harvard Wednesday access.
  These are the Incident Command/CHP proposed access rules
for Wednesday and Thursday:
  Angeles Crest Highway/LaCanada - one way in one way out
  up to 4 vehicles at a time on a pass system
  first come first served
  credentials checked and recorded by CHP
  fill out paperwork
  no more than 4 vehicles on Wilson/Harvard mountain at the
  same time
  as a vehicle returns and checked out another is checked in
  daylight hours only - not later than 6.00pm
  Thanks Graham
  Graham H. Breakwell
  Forestry Technician (Special Uses)
  Los Angeles River Ranger District
  Angeles National Forest
  12371 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
  San Fernando
  CA 91342
  Office # 818 899 1900
  Fax # 818 896 6727
  grahambreakwell (at) fs.fed.us
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