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4 buildings at Arizona observatory lost in wildfire

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Four non-scientific buildings at Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson have been lost to a wildfire, but early evidence shows other buildings on the site appeared undamaged, authorities said Saturday.

Buell T. Jannuzi, chief of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, said the fire did not appear to have damaged the telescope or the observatory’s science buildings, although a closer examination of the site had not yet been made due to safety concerns.

“This is the most threatening fire I can remember at Kitt Peak in the last 25 years,” Jannuzi said.

The fire reached the observatory early Friday. Crews planned to assess damage at the observatory later Saturday when conditions allowed safe access to the area.

Kitt Peak National Observatory is operated by NOIRLab, the National Science Foundation’s center for ground-based optical infrared astronomy. The University of Arizona, which has had a telescope at the site since 1962, is a tenant of the observatory.

The lightning-caused fire, which led to an evacuation of the observatory earlier this week, had grown to 27 square miles (71 kilometers) on Saturday. The fire, which started on a remote ridge in the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation on June 11, was out of control.

In northern New Mexico, authorities concerned about the threat of flooding from wildfires as the state enters monsoon season have warned residents of San Miguel and Mora counties to be ready to evacuate over flood risks, the Albuquerque Journal reported. .

The largest flood threat area is where a fire that started two months ago has so far burned 533 square miles (1,381 square kilometers). The fire has been contained for 72%.

And in southwestern Alaska, officials say the immediate threat has passed to communities near St. Mary’s by a fire that spread to 643 square miles on Saturday.

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