The fire already seems to be causing some technical problems with KBZN 97.9 and KLO. For a few minutes this morning around 10 AM, the Westwood One satellite feed on KLO went down and 1430 was simulcasting KBZN. It's been fixed now, but there's still some crosstalk noise getting into KLO's signal, which I suspect is coming from 97.9.
It may not be related to the Tooele fire, but KLO's signal has been plagued by interference all day today. The audio has been cutting in and out with periodic dead air, and it sounds like the problem is being caused by either crosstalk from another station (97.9?) or an issue with the Westwood One satellite feed. I've listened to 1430 on 3 or 4 different radios with the same results, so the problem has to be originating with KLO. I've given them a heads up on the station's Facebook page, but so far I haven't received a response.
Whatever technical problems KLO might be having are almost certainly not related to the fire near Farnsworth. It doesn't make sense. First, KLO's microwave feed goes from the 200 S studio up to Ensign Peak, then gets relayed to the KLO site in Davis County. It doesn't go anywhere near Farnsworth. Second even if it did go through Farnsworth, I'm not sure how two signals could be getting mixed together that way. If there's a problem with your broadcast, the first thing you would need to do is to figure out where the problem is. Patching in Now to the STL would tell you which direction to look. If the problem goes away, the problem is before the STL. If it doesn't, the problem is somewhere in the STL path or at the transmitter. I'd say that the brief appearance of Now on KLO is a giveaway that they are very well aware of the problem and they just need time to solve it.
But back to the topic at hand. I did clearly see a broadcast facility in the background of news coverage of the fire this morning. It was too quick to get a good look at what facility it was.
Thanks for the explanation, CA. It makes it easier for novices like me to understand the broadcasting process.
The reason I suggested that KBZN was possibly interfering with KLO's signal is because I didn't notice any signal issues before the Tooele fire, and because the 97.9 transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak. But it sounds more like an issue with the satellite feed from what you've described.