Lick – The Observatory was narrowly saved from the wildfire

Lick Observatory as viewed from Kepler peak on Aug 27. You can see here how close the fire came. The large dome to the right houses the Shane 3-m telescope. Visible are also the Astrograph dome, the APF dome, the 36″ refractor and the Crossley domes. The fire started to head towards this direction soon after it destroyed the Barnard house at Ptolemy Peak. Firefighters were battling with the flames and keeping them away from approaching the domes.