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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #953
                   Friday, September 11, 2009
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                <cgc (at) cgc333.connectnet.com>
    Copyright 2009, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  WILSON FIRE STATUS:  THINGS GOING WELL, MOP UP THRU SATURDAY
  Word from the Mt. Wilson Observatory Director:
  Thursday, 11 Sep 09, 10:30 am PDT - Dave has relayed me
information from this morning's fire fighters briefing on the
mountain given by Brian Savage and Quinn MacLoud, both of the
U.S. Forest Service.  The overall feeling is that the operation
is going in textbook fashion and was lit by last night from the
northeast corner of the mountain, down the hand line to the
dozer line and on to Newcomb's Pass.
  Today and tomorrow will be mop-up operations.  The fire has
also been conducted westward from the hand line, and there is a
pocket of green in a bowl near the channel 2 tower that will be
lit today.  A helicopter might be brought in again to supplement
the hand lighting.
  The mountain fire fighter numbers are being brought down
significantly, signaling the optimism of the fire managers.
Of the five Hot Shot crews involved in fire lighting yesterday,
only the Helena and Cherokee remain on station.
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
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  MT. WILSON WEATHER FORECAST
  National Weather Service, 11:20 AM PDST forecast:
  High today: 89 degrees.
  Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms
  after 11AM.  Partly cloudy, with a high near 81.  Calm wind
  becoming southwest between 7 and 10 mph.
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  LOOKING BACK -- SHORT VIDEOS
  o  Wilson Towercam, 24-hour time-lapse of the Station Fire:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shAj_U4SgRM&NR=1
  o  Aerial fire retardant drop:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3ituiTBDtA&NR=1
  o  Spraying Phos-Check on Wilson, industrial style:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTc8nD0MqY0
  o  Take a little journey with us up Echo Mountain,
  then on to Mt. Lowe a couple miles west of Mt. Wilson:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc_lqdHyNNs&NR=1&feature=fvwp
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