A few weeks ago Jack and I went north on the Steese Highway to camp for a few days. When we got there it was a normal clear day but dense smoke rolled in later in the weekend and luckily we were on our way out. The road we were on, US Creek Road, gave us a good view of the hillside and one fire. A helicopter was scoping it out but you can’t see it very well in the photos. Later the road was closed by BLM. There’s a couple of Jack fishing shots too. The grayling weren’t biting but I think Jack could’ve kept trying for hours….well he did actually. To view them at the correct size, click on the top one and scroll to the right.
It was a beautiful day when we drove in.
You often have things all to yourself in the White Mountains.
In the next photo you’ll see a forest fire on this hillside.
Forest fire, courtesy of a lightning strike the night before.
After a night of thunderstorms several fires had been set by lightning, and as we found out later, similar had happened all over Alaska.
US Creek Road is on the right.
This is a previously burned area in front of a smoky hillside.
Here’s Jack fishing for grayling with smoke in the background.
Arctic Grayling have a large blue spotted fin on top which Jack snapped a good shot of with his phone.
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: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=86098&src=fb
Here’s what a wildfire looks like from an airplane. Fascinating. Thanks for the photo Joe Kemp.
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.
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: http://smoke.arsc.edu/current_fires.html