Smoke and Fires Again

Last Update: August 19, 2019

We had a great reprieve from smoke and the fires for a few weeks. It is still extremely dry however and then the wind picked up. Fires burst back to life and many new fires started. We had two small ones within a few miles of our home and my in-law's had their third large fire within 5 or 10 miles. They have been near an evacuation zone 3 times this summer.

Here is the fire that is near them now:

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2019/08/19/as-southcentral-alaska-winds-ease-crews-battling-susitna-valley-wildfire-hope-to-gain-control/

If you scroll down you can see the towering smoke plumes.

We keep monitoring the fire to make sure they don't have to evacuate.

My Mom was supposed to come up to meet us and could not due to the highway to the south being closed for the huge fire down there which is now over 100,000 acres. The one to the north is only about 3,000 acres. Both fires are closing the highways to the north and south. We are far away from both of these (and have the ocean between us as we stick out in a peninsula) so we are fine but there is heavy smoke drifting in. The air quality here reached "hazardous" today. I am so glad our home is 15 miles away and the air is a bit better than here in town where we work.

Hopefully the wind shifts again...I am sick of having a permanent headache and burning eyes from the smoke.

We never have smoke in a normal August since we usually have rain. We usually have enough rain throughout the summer that we need to mow the lawn every week and it gets almost too tall in that week. This year we have not mowed since June!

Jessica

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OrgainITGuy Premium
OMG....

The season are very weird this year alright. Were experiencing a way above average warmer winter that I ever remember.
I a little cold and windy here with just a touch of the usual snow fall. I live right by a mountain that hasn't seen nearly a quarter of the snow fall .My region has had 3 out of the blue Torado's lol.
And the wind is bad enough right now to expect another which is way out of our ordinary.

Hope some rain comes your way soon!

Stay safe Rob
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Swangirl Premium
Wow! There was a small twister here too this summer! So weird!!
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amcg Premium
Oh that is just horrible! I am so sorry!
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you.
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skmorrow Premium
Yikes, that's crazy. Here in AZ, it's been a pretty light fire season, at least from a major fire standpoint. We had one big fire early in the summer and that has been about all. That has to be scary in an evacuation zone. I hope everything changes for better soon.
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Swangirl Premium
Well that is good for AZ.

We have had hundreds of fires. There have been 5 that have affected our immediate family so far! It is crazy. They pop up everywhere. It is the driest summer ever here, the hottest day, hottest month (May and July I believe), just about every record has been broken. First official 90 degree day in Anchorage (it gets hotter in the interior but this is major for the coast), most days over 70 degrees, most days over 75 degrees etc. etc.

We started our warm season here in March (outside in T-shirts) and it has just been going ever since.
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skmorrow Premium
Wow, that is hot for Anchorage, setting all kinds of records. Hopefully, things will take a turn for the better and soon.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes. I am afraid this is the new normal though. This will become more common.
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Palatia Premium
Oh gosh.. That looks Terrible. I'll pray for some rain to come to Alaska. I hope the winds shift soon. It's not very healthy to have so much smoke. Do you have an air purifier in your home?
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Swangirl Premium
Yes...we have 3! Thank you!
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megawinner Premium
I pray all would be well just the same. Do take extra careful though.
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you!
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