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Alaska is burning… redux

June 25, 2015

fire1Rubbing the charcoal stick onto the cave wall the pictograph was almost done, it showed a scene as if drawn from the Bibles book of ‘revelation’. The man finished slowly rose and dropped his stick as he walked unsteadily out of the mouth of the cave into the dense smoke filled air. As he looked up the sky above opened to reveal a small hole in the smoke, enabling him to see the colors of a rainbow with an intensity never before witnessed. At the same instant the earth beneath his feet danced madly and threw him to the ground. He cried and started to moan knowing that this must surely be the last moments of his life…..


….or maybe just another day in the life of someone living in Alaska. By the time this is published there
have been over 427,000 acres of land burned by fires that continue to blot out the sky over much of the state. With over 500 fires still burning and a number of villages and towns now being evacuated the 4,000 firefighters here seems at times insignificant to hold these fires at bay, but when one compares that to the 4.7 million acres burned in 2004 it almost appears if this is a low fire year.

However added to the destruction caused by the forest fires we have had two major CME, (coronal mass ejection), events created when the sun thew massive amounts of energy at the earth and to literally put the icing on the cake and yesterday we had a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered near where one of the states larger fires burned. It may not be a glimpse into the book of ‘revelation’ but it certainly looks and feels that way on just another summer day out here in the Alaskan wilderness.

Flames that endanger lives,
smoke that burns and blots out the sun.
The suns radiation that inhibits communication
and earthquakes that can kill
just another day
or a wake up call from a higher power?

Fire reference material

Earthquake reference material

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Del permalink
    June 25, 2015 9:25 pm

    Yea Pete, I was out towards 23 mile in two rivers and it was a burning about 3/miles away. Same I heard out in eureka and I think 30 mile out by our way. Smokier then heck… At least you can save on cigs. Lol. Well it was good seeing you and I still might be interested in what we talked about. Email me when you get back to being able too. Be well and hope it rains soon for ya..


  2. Dwight permalink
    June 26, 2015 1:35 am

    All these natural events demonstrate who is really in control! We exist here on earth but by the grace of God.


  3. June 26, 2015 7:24 am

    The fires are no surprise given the wimpy winter which was so short of snow we had almost no snow pack remaining by mid-April!


  4. Jon permalink
    June 27, 2015 6:53 pm

    Right now we’re taking a wait & see attitude concerning our trip there in Sept. Weather’s supposed to stay warm into that month, & if there’s no significant rainfall for an extended period, no use for us to come up. Going to start coming in Oct. or May I guess!
    You Alaskan friends on here be damn careful up there.


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