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Wildfires rage near NASAs JPL Lab Pasadena Ca.

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posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 10:03 AM

This picture was taken by Mike Brown from Calteck's 9th story library where Mike attends College.

The officials have stated that there is no immediate reason to be concerened that the research facility will become part of the burning wildfire that has already injured at least 3 people, burnt 2 homes and threatening thousands of others.

So far a thousand people have been evacuated to safety and local schools have set up shelters for the needy.

The reports say that even though the winds have remained relatively still and there are no concerns about the potential for Santa Ana winds which in the past have caused serious damage as they lend fuel to past Californinia fires, this fire has been moving in directions as if it has a will of its own.

...JPL WebWeb site: "A major brush fire is still burning in the hills north of JPL. JPL is not in any immediate danger. The air quality in the area is very poor, and employees on the premises are being told to stop all outside work and remain inside." Wildfire Blazes Near NASA's Calif. Facility [ - 08/29/2009] ...ordered so far.

"The JPL fire dept. and other personnel are monitoring the fire, but there is no immediate danger of it reaching JPL NASA spokeswoman Jane Platt told" Wildfire Blazes Near NASA's Calif. Facility [ -

posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 10:08 AM
Checking the offical site with JPL Labs Pasenena California it has closed its Oak Grove site as a precautionary measure.

JPL UpdateAugust 29, 2009 6 p.m.The Station Fire, a major brush fire, continued to grow on Saturday, 8/29/09. As a precautionary measure, JPL's Oak Grove site (the main location) has been closed. JPL will remain closed through the weekend except for essential personnel. Non-essential personnel will not be allowed on-Lab. Facilities at the nearby Woodbury complex, buildings 600, 601, 602 and 605, will remain open.

You may check the Laboratory's status by calling (800) 303-4575 or (818) 354-8601, or visiting 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 .

[edit on 30-8-2009 by antar]

posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 10:20 AM
Just a side note; environmentalists for decades have protested controlled burns because of what it does to all the little furry critters in the brush.

Now, because of their stand, uncontrolled fired like this spread, thanks to the tinder and underbrush that was left and not burned.

Ironic, the environmentalists are causing a bigger carbon footprint than anyone else.

posted on Aug, 30 2009 @ 11:58 AM
reply to post by mikerussellus

I have such mixed emotions about what you say, one because in nature these types of fires as we all know are essential to growth as it cuts out the underbrush and smaller saplings making it possible for larger trees to be healthier.

However humans have taken over so much land that the fires which occur naturally have to be put out short of doing the job needed to keep our forests well.

In this case it is horrible as people and homes in the tens of thousands are threatened and yet as you stated it is nessisary for the health of the forests in the long run.

If I had the money and lived in LA, I would want to be up in the forests and not down in the burbs, but this is something everyone that loves nature has to prepare for, fires like this are no longer a surprise element, they are a given.

The reason I made this thread was because it occured to me that if JPL was lost to the fires it would be a monumental loss for us all. So much could never be recovered and it would place hundreds of people out of work.

Lets just pray that JPL and all of our equiptment stays safe.

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