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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                            CGC #959
                   Tuesday, September 15, 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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  "REPOPULATION" GOING SMOOTHLY - THURSDAY FINAL FIRE NEWSLETTER
  All indications are that broadcast engineers are having
no trouble accessing and working on Mt. Wilson at this time.
Congratulations on returning to the mountain!
  We hope you will use the Station Fire as a golden
opportunity to talk to upper management about auxiliary
facilities to cover future emergencies.  It would be catastrophic
if management figured that the controlled burns on the north side
of the mountain will buy Wilson, say, a long period of fire
protection.  Truth is, new weeds will be ready to burn in a
couple of years, to say nothing of the huge fuel load on the
south side of the mountain that could ignite at any time.
  If you have anything to say on the Wilson/Harvard situation,
please drop us an e-mail, even if it's just a few words.  Absent
earthshaking events, our final Station Fire newsletter will be
published Thursday night.
  What shape is your facility in?  Do you have any uninvited
guests (e.g. rats)?  What were your impressions on driving up
to Wilson?  Is there anything special to report?
  Again, we are looking at wrapping things up Thursday.
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  KKLA(FM) IS BACK ON THE AIR FROM WILSON
  KKLA returned to the air from Mt. Wilson at 12:15 this
afternoon [Tuesday] via fiber from Glendale to the Mt. Wilson
[telco] sub station...
  Mark Pallock, KKLA C.E., mark.pallock (at) salemla.com
  September 15, 2009,  1:38 PM PDST
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  UPDATE FROM THE MT. WILSON OBSERVATORY
  Tuesday, 15 Sep 09, 4:00 pm PDT - As of this afternoon, the
Station Fire is 91% contained with a containment date anticipated
for this Saturday....
  The remaining big question is the opening date for the
Angeles Crest Highway.  Dave Jurasevich has learned informally
from a Caltrans official that the opening may be three to four
weeks away.  The challenge is the very extensive work on guard
rail replacement.  I spoke with the public information officer
for Station Fire Incident Command this afternoon, and he had no
specific information but will contact their liaison with Caltrans
and let me know tomorrow what he finds out.  I suspect he will
confirm that the road will remain closed to all but essential
personnel until well after fire containment is achieved.
  http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
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