The Flames Are Getting Very Close to JPL

Keith's note: These photos were sent in by a reader who works at JPL. You can clearly see how close the fire has gotten to JPL. You can see larger photos here.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Status for Monday, Aug. 31

"Fire conditions around JPL have continued to improve throughout the day, and the Lab is no longer threatened by the Station Fire. However, there has been heavy smoke in the area. To ensure acceptable air quality for the health and safety of employees, JPL will be closed to all except mission-critical personnel on Monday, Aug. 31."

Calif. fire to reach mountain's TV transmitters, AP

"Authorities say flames from a major wildfire north of Los Angeles are about to reach Mount Wilson, home to a historic observatory and transmitters for every major television and radio station in the area."

JPL Update August 30, 2009 9 a.m. "The fire situation around JPL has improved considerably. The lab is not in danger at present. However, JPL's Oak Grove site remains closed today except for essential personnel. Non-essential personnel are not allowed on-Lab. Facilities at the nearby Woodbury complex, buildings 600, 601, 602 and 605, are open. A decision will be made later today regarding whether employees should report to work on Monday. For updates, call (800) 303-4575 or (818) 354-8601, or visit this site, the JPL home page, at Updates will also be communicated to JPL personnel by JPL e-mail; through the State of the Lab call-in numbers; and the Emergency Communication System. JPL employees who have been evacuated from their homes are asked to check in with Rick Roessler at 818-354-0805, 310-422-9853 or JPL staffers needing assistance are urged to call the Employee Assistance Program at 818-354-3680."

Live Webcam from Mt. Wilson

Keith's 29 Aug update: Thanks to Kevin Parkin, we now have a link on Google Maps that shows the extent of the fire. According to a JPL reader "at 12 noon PDT a report on the local NPR station now puts the hillside fire only about 500 m above JPL."

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