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UC Santa Cruz protects fire-threatened property off the main campus, too

By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat

August 26, 2020 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Fires burned around Lick Observatory Wednesday night, as seen in this image from the Mt. Hamilton webcam. Credit: Lick Observatory)

Two dolphins, five seals, and a sea lion were safely evacuated

Most of us have been reading about how the main UC Santa Cruz campus has been threatened and protected from wildfires. But in addition to the main campus “on the hill,” there were also a variety of off-campus properties and research facilities to protect and, in some cases, evacuate.

Read up on how UC Santa Cruz evacuated marine mammals from Long Marine Lab, protected research buildings in Big Creek Natural Reserve from the fast-moving Dolan Fire, and protected UC’s Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton.

Marine mammals show off their training in evacuation from Long Marine Lab

All of the resident marine mammals at UCSC’s Long Marine Laboratory are safe and well after a successful evacuation effort. Two dolphins, five seals, and a sea lion were safely evacuated from UCSC’s Long Marine Laboratory on Thursday thanks to good preparation, well-trained and cooperative animals, and generous assistance from Sea World of San Diego and the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Read more

UC’s Lick Observatory threatened by fire

Residences on Mt. Hamilton sustained some damage, but fire crews have so far been able to protect the observatory’s telescope domes and visitor center. Read more

Research buildings saved as wildfire sweeps across Big Creek Natural Reserve

Fire preparedness helped firefighters save structures from fast-moving Dolan Fire, damage to natural resources unknown. Read more

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