Fire Burns Near Mt. Wilson Observatory, Communication Towers This Morning

Published : Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 5:36 AM

A very visible reminder of this year’s vicious fire season will linger north of Pasadena today as a currently small, slow-moving 10-acre wildfire burns near the Mt. Wilson Observatory today in the Los Angeles National Forest.

“Pasadena residents will hear helicopters throughout the day,” said Pasadena Fire Dept. spokesperson Lisa Derderian, noting the incident is “a reminder to be prepared because brushfire season is all year round.”

“Santa Ana conditions typically start in October and are the biggest concern for firefighters,” she said.

The Mt. Wilson fire was discovered at 3:54 a.m., according to the U.S. Forest Service InciWeb.

“The fires are close to the towers, and our biggest concern is to get that fire out,” Los Angeles County Fire Engineer and information officer David Dantic said to reporters near the firelines.

“We are relying on water drops from the air, due to the steep terrain,” Dantic said.

Wind conditions were calm just before 5 a.m., but are likely to pick up after sunrise.

There have been no injuries reported from the fire., and as yet, no structures directly threatened.

No evacuations were in place, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
There is no word at this time on the cause of the fire.