Compare my picture above with HDTV101's first pic from post#15.
Some of it is fire but there are clearly lights. They may or may not be on generator as I read most of the power is cut off on Mt Wilson. Clearly the aviation avoidance lights are working on at least one tower as well. The webcam is powered, but I'm assuming that is solar powered since it is on the Solar Tower.
There are NO FLAMES at the base of the towers...just bright lights.
Flames might be off to the right...but image was at sunrise....so hard to tell...
Apparently sometime during the night there were some hotspots down on South slope (behind towers)
and either another hotspot on the short road to Mt Harvard....or fire crews burning scrub brush.
Here are some additional towercam images for comparison and latest MODIS IR GoogleEarth overlays: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...91672&page=202
Mt Wilson Observatory says the NEW High Voltage feeder is down but the old one is still good
and that the Towercam will stop working if they lose power: http://www.mtwilson.edu/fire.php
PS: Although they may be experts in Solar observations....and maybe even Solar Energy, but
bear in mind the entire Internet infrastructure on the mountain would also need constant power.
Which is why TV Stations have backup diesel power generators....but prob. not the Observatory.
Any idea how far the actual towers are from the associated equipment buildings? Would they be in the field of view of the cam?
Judging by the pics on Fybush, the buildings are in among the towers, so they should be in view, but not very easy to see because of the trees. Consider the two previous pictures posted here where you can see the lights, those are all on buildings.
Here's a towercam from Noon on 29Aug without any obscuring smoke: http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/8439/towercam2.jpg
Note that the towercam was zoomed in slightly since this shot.
Current activity is somewhere in all that scrub brush between the towercam and the towers.
Famous Mt Wilson Observatory is to Right and Behind towercam.