The Station Fire is near JPL and even closer to Mt. Wilson
It's fire season again in Los Angeles, and this year there is a major fire burning in the mountains north of the city of La Cañada Flintridge, home to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). So far, JPL itself is not under any immediate threat, though non-essential employees have been ordered to stay away from the lab through at least Sunday night. I'm sure there are many JPL employees whose homes are located in evacuation areas. Some Society employees may too -- I'm not actually sure. My home is in no danger.
More scary right now is the risk to the facilities on Mount Wilson, including the Mount Wilson Observatory and also a huge farm of towers for broadcast television and radio stations.
It has been maddeningly difficult to get updates on the current extent of the fires. Last year, local television stations did a good job of providing continuous updates both on screen and on their websites. This year few stations are preempting regular programming, and if they are, it's for the funeral of Ted Kennedy, not for any reporting on the fire.
Some Facebook friends have provided me with links to helpful, regularly updated websites, which I provide here in the hopes that it'll help some of you up in harm's way