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Superintendent works to preserve historic Mt. Wilson Observatory

November 12, 2009 |  8:26 am

Mt. Wilson's Dave Jurasevich

Dave Jurasevich spent 19 days at the Mt. Wilson Observatory during the Station fire, assisting firefighters around the 40-acre property because he wanted to help protect the historic buildings.

Now, Jurasevich, the observatory’s superintendent, speaks to community groups about his experiences during the fire and asks for donations to help repair the damaged grounds and improve fire protection.

The nonprofit observatory receives most of its funding through private sources, grants and a few site fees. Those interested in making donations can do so at www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php.

Read the complete story on Jurasevich's efforts to save the observatory.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Dave Jurasevich, superintendent of the Mt. Wilson Observatory, stayed at the site with co-workers and colleagues while the Station fire grew closer to the hilltop property. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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