Monday, July 9, 2007

Fire threatens Kitt Peak National Observatory

The Alhambre wildfire, 3500 acres, threatens Kitt Peak National Observatory and Baboquivari (sacred mountain of the Tohono O'odham people.)

Four "hotshot" crews and 2 big air tankers are working the fire, according to the AZ Daily Star. Scientific staff were evacuated Saturday night. Now everyone waits to see what the wind does.

This is the 5th wildfire in 5 years to threaten Arizona telescopes. (Mt. Lemmon, Graham, Lemmon again, Hopkins, Kitt Peak).

Hey fire crews: be safe, and good luck.

Photo by David Sanders, Arizona Daily Star.

1 comment:

lorax said...

Astrodyke's at a conference, but for those who are interested, the fire is 80% contained. While the crews won't say Kitt Peak is out of danger, they do say the danger is continuing to decrease. Lastest from the AZ Daily Star is here.

(The Wif)