Friday, July 15, 2005

More Fire News

Today the Florida (flor - EE - da) is a little closer to the MMT Observatory, but things are looking up. The summer monsoons are trying to get started, so the air isn't as dry, which is slowing the fire down. The picture to the right shows the fire as viewed from the MMT yesterday, an image provided by Emilio Falco. The buildings are likely safe, because trees near the buildings were cut back, sprinklers were put in place, and slurry has been dropped everywhere (some pictures of the road show a pink road from all the retardant!). However, the fire is 40% contained, much better than yesterday, and back-burns have been set to help contain the fire. And, luckily, most of the burning is still more beneficial than harmful to the environment in the area.

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