|Smoke shrouds Tern Lake.|
From a small fire in a remote area with no road access, it has grown to more than 162,000 acres and threatens two communities. One, the first one threatened is Sterling, just five miles from the leading western edge of the blaze. Heroic efforts seem to have halted the fire at the five mile line.
|A bit of beauty at Tern Lake.|
|Fireweed at Jerome Lake on a smoky day.|
On the eastern edge, wildfire managers determined several weeks ago, that the fire would burn into the mountains and run out of fuel as it reached the lichen and moss covered peaks. Thus, personnel were pulled off the fire and sent to other fires burning in Southcentral Alaska.
High winds, lack of rain, and high temperatures (three days of 93 degrees at my home!) breathed new life into the eastern edge and the fire now is within three or four miles of Cooper Landing. Many residents there have removed extra vehicles, boats, snow machines, trailers, etc., and stored them elsewhere.
Our days have been smothered with smoke. Often, I cannot see the mountains that surround my property.
|Though less than 200 feet from me, I can just make out two swans on Tern Lake.|
The fire is 12 air miles away from me. That distance is increased when you consider that the fire would have to burn up a mountain and down the other side to get near me. I'm concerned, but not frightened. I do, however, pay close attention to the daily reports from various agencies involved in the fire fighting.
|Sun filtered by thick smoke at mid-day.|
So, yes, I've been preoccupied and have neglected this blog. I'm also disappointed. Two people have brought their home chest freezers to my yard and plugged them in to keep their contents safe from fire.
And neither one of them contains ice cream!!!
In the mean time, we are all--like this duck--praying for rain and lots of it!