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Alaska continues to burn

July 11, 2015

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Because most of the 302 current fires in Alaska will continue to burn until ‘mother nature’ quiets them with her blanket of snow I am reminded of a quotation from the bible, “God gave Noah a rainbow sign, no more water the fire next time”, may right now be more applicable to Alaska than Noah.

Of those 302 fires myself and those who live nearby are keeping watch on the 26,141 acre Aggie creek fire which as of this writing is approximately 12 miles Southwest of us. As of today there are 401 fire personnel and 4 full time helicopters working to ensure it does not reach 54 cabins in the area or do any damage to the Alaska pipeline and its pump station that runs along the Eastern border of the fire. The cost to date to keep the blaze in check is $7,440.000 and they say it may burn until the fall when it snows again.

My photographs may not depict
the fierce flames that usually incite interest and awe
but to me the sight of miles of smoke chimneys evokes feelings
of ominous approaching danger.

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Link to the full article in the Fairbanks Newsminer
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/aggie-creek-fire-grows-near-trans-alaska-pipeline-pump-station/article_ca5b9472-275b-11e5-9f6c-fbc52fca4781.html

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2015 9:58 pm

    Stay safe up there, Pete!

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  2. Del permalink
    July 12, 2015 4:25 am

    Wonder if this will settle the ” ban the wood burning for heat” debate.

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  3. July 12, 2015 7:31 am

    Impressive images, Pete! Here’s hoping the July rains will assist the heroic firefighters!

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  4. Jon permalink
    July 12, 2015 5:18 pm

    Too bad we can’t send some of the torrential rains from last Sun. night your way. Or some of the weather due to be here in a couple of hours with a bow echo signifying high winds minus the wind & tornado destruction. Our dew point is 76 right now.
    But then again, there’s non-stop lightning according to the tracker so probably not.
    God bless you Pete & good luck up there.

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