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Fire threatens top Australian telescope site in New South Wales

Published on Jan 13, 2013 4:48 PM
 
This handout aerial picture taken on Jan 13, 2013 and provided by Rural Fire Service (RFS) of New South Wales shows smoke billowing from an out-of-control fire raging towards the Siding Spring Observatory (centre L), a remote global research facility in the Warrumbungle ranges about 500 km north-west of Sydney in New South Wales. Australia's top research observatory home to several telescopes used by scientists from around the world was under threat from wildfires as hot weather and lightning storms stoked scores of new blazes. PHOTO: AFP

 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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