Million-acre California wildfire threatens Allen Telescope Array’s search for alien life


The million-plus acre Dixie Fire in California is closing in on the Allen Telescope Array, threatening the facility’s search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

The SETI Institute, which operates the Allen Telescope Array (ATA), said in a statement that the Dixie Fire now tearing across northern California is just 12 miles from the facility. Given the Dixie Fire’s northward movement, Alex Pollak, ATA’s Science and Engineering Operations Manager, said that the facility has been evacuated as a precaution and that threat mitigation efforts around the facility’s 42 antennas are underway.



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