Friday, June 22, 2007
Burn, Baby, Burn
On Wednesday, the hottest day of the year we had lightening strikes all throughout southcentral Alaska. One sparked a fire north of here in a place called Trapper Lake. Above is the smoke plume from that fire, it is about 50 miles northwest of us (as the crow flies). Remember the smoke plume looking south on Wednesday evening, that is a fire sparked by some power tool in the Ninilchik Caribou Hills. That one is south of us about 80 miles as the crow flies. Alaska is doing what it does best in the summer, burn.
I went to bed about midnight, it was clear and calm. We could easily see the plume from the Trapper Lake fire. I woke up about 3:30a because my room smelled smoky. In that time the wind had kicked up out of the southeast and brought us the smoke from the Caribou Hills fire. Above is the view out my bedroom window at 3:30a.
And this is looking out the slider at 9:00a. I sent Zoey to camp with her albuterol inhaler. Tom even got interviewed by the local news about the wildland fire danger. You can check it out at KTUU, our local NBC station.