Southern California's Station Fire, now more than a week old, is nearing 150,000 acres in size. The blaze, as pictured above by NASA's Terra satellite yesterday, is better contained than it was Sunday, when Terra passed overhead and photographed dramatic plumes of smoke rising into the sky. But the fire is far from tamed. The smoke from the Station Fire is visible in the center of the photograph, in the mountains just north of Los Angeles, as a gray haze among the white clouds.
The historic Mount Wilson Observatory, threatened by the Station Fire for days, seems to have been saved earlier this week with the aid of an aggressive response from fire personnel, as detailed by the Los Angeles Times. Although the most immediate threat to the century-old observatory has passed, Mount Wilson remains under close watch until the Station Fire is brought fully under control.