L.A. Sky Observatory Becomes Earth Observatory During Wildfires

As this Discover Magazine blogger reminds us, equipment meant for one use is often repurposed for another in times of disaster. Right now the Mount Wilson Observatory’s telescope, normally used for watching the sky, is being used to monitor wildfire conditions. You can watch the live webcam here.

And for Red Cross wildfire response updates, keep an eye on http://newsroom.redcross.org .