On Sunday night, the fire crept close to the observatory, located 460 km north-west of Sydney. Struggled with the elements more than 60 firefighters, but their actions the strong dry wind.
In Siding Spring found a total of 10 telescopes, including the most powerful in Australia. It operates international team of scientists — astronomers from Australia, Britain, the U.S., South Korea and Poland.
In early January, in New South Wales because of the very hot and dry weather there was more than 140 forest fires. In recent days, the heat began to subside, and the fire was extinguished most of them are, however, several fires continued to spread.