The Mount Wilson Towercam has stopped transmitting images, possibly the
result of fire-damaged cables connecting its nearby server to the Internet, according
to a Wednesday night L.A. Times report.
Visitors to the Towercam's Web site are met with a generic "try again" screen. For days the camera, operated by UCLA's Physics and Astronomy Department, has
made Angelenos vicarious witnesses to the advance of the massive Station Fire that has raged in the Angeles National Forest since last Wednesday. That fire
still threatens the peak's cluster of communications towers and
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the historic observatory complex, although it's believed the worst of
the threat is over.
As of this posting the Mount Wilson Observatory Web site is also down.