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Mt. Wilson Road closed because of fire

August 31, 2009 |  8:24 am

U.S. Forest Service authorities closed Mt. Wilson Road about 6 a.m. today because the giant fire in the Angeles National Forest was burning on both sides of the narrow, two-way byway.

“We’ve got everyone off that mountain,” said Sam Marouk, a U.S. Forest Service division supervisor. "We took our ground resources out. Everybody’s out.”

Mt. Wilson is home to more than two dozen TV and radio towers that occupy its peak just north of Sierra Madre. The fire also threatens the historic observatory atop the mountain, which houses multimillion-dollar astronomy projects.

Firefighters say it is just a matter of time before the fire reaches the 5,710-foot peak.

-- Louis Sahagun at Mt. Wilson