Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fire threatens top Australian telescope site

Australia's top research observatory home to several telescopes used by scientists from around the world was under threat from wildfires on Sunday as hot weather and lightning storms stoked scores of new blazes.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, issued an emergency warning for an out-of-control fire raging towards the Siding Spring Observatory, a remote global research facility.

"About a dozen isolated properties at Mt Woorut, including Siding Spring Observatory, may come under threat," the RFS said.

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