Fire threatens top Australian telescope site in New South Wales
Published on Jan 13, 2013 4:48 PM
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's top research observatory home to several telescopes used by scientists from around the world was under threat from wildfires 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.
"This is a large and dangerous bush fire... Police have evacuated the area around Siding Spring. Firefighters and waterbombing aircraft are on scene."
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