Satellite image of Alaska – smoke and clouds

Here’s a satellite image of Alaska from several days ago, June 22nd.  The clouds are white and fluffy; the gray underneath them is smoke from wildfires.  You can actually download a large image on the NASA website and zoom way in.  It’s amazing really, how beautiful Alaska is, regardless of what hell it’s putting us through.  Here’s the link:

Satellite image of Alaska 6-22-15

Here’s what a wildfire looks like from an airplane. Fascinating.  Thanks for the photo Joe Kemp.

Smoke from a wildfire, photo from Joe Kemp


Sudden increase in wildfires

The image on the right shows how many fires there were in interior Alaska as of about 6 days ago.  The one the left shows how many there are now.   The reason?  Lightning strikes.  At least one fire has destroyed homes and the smoke is creating a major health hazard.

Wildfires in Alaska as of June 25 2015

Wildfires in Alaska as of June 19 2015



Current interior Alaska wildfires

In case anyone is interested, here is an image showing how many wildfires are burning in interior and south central Alaska.  The two down by Anchorage are wreaking havoc and there are a bunch around Delta.  Here is the website where you can get up to date info about this:

Wildfires in Alaska as of June 19 2015


Knee high to a backhoe

Here is Jack’s wife (me) as a wee lassie, apparently standing next to a backhoe.  A large one too. I’m guessing the photographer was meaning to show how big the tire was in comparison.

Yes it was the 70s 🙂

Judy in front of a tractor

Rest in Peace Steve Hollibone

We are so sad for Steve’s wife Christy who he left behind when he died of cancer recently.  It is a huge fear for all of us and Steve had to face it.  He undoubtedly had other stresses when he was sick and we are sorry for that too.

Jack says Steve was a good driver and a good guy.  We would like to extend our sympathies to his wife and family.  Christy, hold on to your memories and know that you made his life worth living.

Galbraith Lake

Fundraiser for Steve Hollibone

Jack and I are so sorry to hear about Steve Hollibone’s cancer diagnosis.  He is a trucker that Jack knows and respects.  Sounds like he is in rough shape and daily life is a struggle.   You may remember a while back we posted about his wife Christy’s artwork.  You can see and purchase her artwork at Moments in Time Art.

If you are in Fairbanks please consider going to a fundraiser February 6th, here is the info:

Art For the Heart and Soul!
Opening Reception First Friday, February 6th, 5-8 pm
Phillips Studio & Bishop’s Jewelry Gallery
1222 Well St
Fairbanks 460-4198
Gallery open 11-8 pm on First Friday

And if you are not in Fairbanks, please consider making a donation to their medical fund.

Our best wishes to Steve and Christy.

Steve HolliboneSteve Hollibone


2004, the worst smokey year in Fairbanks history!

2004 was the worst summer for smoke in Fairbanks EVER, at least as far as we’re concerned!

The smoke hung around for over 3 weeks.  It was rough.  Here are before and after photos from that summer:

Forest fire smoke in Fairbanks, Alaska - July 2004

I shouldn’t have been out taking photos in this stuff!  This is the Chena River and the 2 buildings are the Key Bank building and the Springhill Suites Hotel.

Forest Fire smoke in Fairbanks, Alaska - July 2004

Here is another one showing Springhill Suites, which was at the time very new.

Luckily, the past few days have been pretty clear and now we’ve had a downpour or two, so things are looking up for those of us who want the fires to go away!