THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #950
                  Thursday, September 10, 2009
                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
  Finally, the Mt. Wilson burn out operation is underway!
Live photos are available at the URL below, but please do not
publish this address to the public least the server overload.
  Helicopters and other aircraft are sometimes visible in
the images.
  The burn operation was given the okay at 09:02 AM PDST
today.  The actual burn started about 15 minutes later.
All is well so far.
  Dennis Doty, Mt. Wilson, Sept. 10, 2009,  10:19 AM PDST
  This is NOT the time to be calling the Forest Service about
access to Mts. Wilson/Harvard.  Graham Breakwell is working on
that issue right now from his post inside the Forest Service,
and he is expected to publish access information either today
or tomorrow.  Watch the CGC Communicator for a copy of his
  CGC has just received word of a major TV transmitter
problem on Mt. Harvard.  While Graham did not recall the
call sign of the station, the bottom line is that Harvard and
Wilson are completely inaccessible at this time as far as we
know.  Even helicopter access is nixed assuming the NOTAM
mentioned earlier (CGC #936) is still operative.
  Let the firemen and fireladies finish their work and be
thankful that in all probability there will be a facility
to return to.  This conflagration will soon be over and
the healing process will begin.
  Following is the latest word from Dr. Hal McAlister, Director
of the Mount Wilson Observatory that abuts the broadcast property
that we affectionately call "Mt. Wilson:"
  Thursday, 10 Sep 09, 9:00 am PDT - Dave Jurasevich
reported to me by phone that the fire operation will go forward
this morning according to the plan briefly described in my last
post.  Fire fighters in the zone to the east of the Mount Wilson
division successfully completed a hand line operation and back
fired that yesterday to complete the tie-off of the burn on its
eastern edge.  That precaution will ensure that the burn covers
precisely the planned area, i.e. the north slope of the complex
ridge line that will then protect the Big Santa Anita watershed
as well as the Observatory from wild fire intruding into that
area.  The lighting operation will take about three hours and
the burn should be concluded by the end of today.
  This is great news!  Everyone is confident of success after
all the extraordinary preparatory work.  Dave will be positioned
at Echo Point to photographically document the operation as he
has done with most of the activities during the last two weeks.
Much of the activity should be visible from the UCLA Towercam....
  [See top story for Towercam URL]
  Here is a satellite view of the Station Fire burn area.
This image, as we went to press, showed the burn area prior
to today's burn operation mentioned above.  The destruction
is obviously immense.
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