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On Mt. Wilson: Webcam Down, Towers & Observatory Still OK
Firefighters working to combat and contain the over 140,000-acre Station Fire have managed so far to keep the flames from scorching the historic Observatory and the communications towers that serve many of L.A.'s television and radio stations, as well as law enforcement and telecommunications.
Late last night the Tower Webcam, which had seen an dramatic increase in web hits since the fire became an imminent threat to the region Sunday, went out of commission, but not because it was taken out by fire. LA Now explains:
The UCLA-operated Web camera based at the Mt. Wilson Observatory has ceased functioning due to a server problem, most likely caused by a backfire damaging phone lines that provide Internet service from the site, according to a statement posted on the Web site.
Backfires have been a highly successful strategy employed in keeping the fire from moving into residential areas elsewhere in the massive fire, as well as atop Mount Wilson. Also part of the efforts to keep the fire away were "water and gel drops from aircraft," according to LA Now.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.