posted on May, 21 2014 @ 10:38 AM
Well, I woke up this morning to a heavy haze and ash fall from the nearby Funny River wildfire. We had plans to go camp near Tustumena lake for the
week with some friends. Our plans have changed, but our friends still went. We have other friends also in the line of fire who may make our house an
The haze is thick enough that visibility has been decreased immensely and I can smell smoke in my house with everything closed up, and our home has a
5 star energy rating, so it's tight.
I guess I'm feeling antsy, not only have plans changed, but the fire is actively burning only 5 miles from the house. I lived through this once
already in 1996 when a massive fire took out countless homes in the Big Lake area. Our family was evacuated the day after school got out that year and
we spent the first week of our summer break helping out right back at the high school. Our home survived, but many others did not. One friend's family
spent the following winter in a portable military Quonset hut the following winter.
I spent the day yesterday watching the plume from the house and getting ready to either go camping or evacuate eventually. We really are safe, I'm
just like that I guess. Here's a photo of the plume from my yard.
Today the sun is shining blood red through the smoke. I will try to get a photo of that when it comes out from behind the trees.
There is also another fire across Cook Inlet threatening two communities. They evacuated Tyonek Monday evening, or at least started and last night it
turned and came within two miles of the town of
Beluga. They have been evacuating elders and other at risk folk to Anchorage and other places to get them out of the smoke. They were evacuated so
quickly that they left home without food. They now find themselves on the beaches and other places hungry. The boys and I are going to deliver some
food for the evacuees and some water to the firefighters today on the way to see the doctor.
I guess waiting is a tough thing for me to do, so I thought I would toss it out there to my other community today.
All positive thoughts and prayers are welcome!
edit on 21-5-2014 by woodsmom because: Typo