Via Julianne at Cosmic Variance comes this sobering time-lapse video of the California wildfire that came so very close to destroying the Mount Wilson Observatory. You can see the flames creeping up on the structure, and the odd flash of backfire lit by the firefighters to clear the surrounding underbrush to deprive the wildfire of fuel. It worked! Mount Wilson Observatory survives to scan the skies once again. There is some serious clean-up being done, however, before the observatory is fully operational again. So if you feel so inclined to support an historical science site, head on over to this Website to make a donation to the fund to restore Mount Wilson. There's astronomical work to be done, after all!