25 May 2014

I'll Take "Things That Start With Fire" for $500, Alex...

A huge wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula has grown to more than 123,000 acres Sunday morning, with 20 percent of the fire contained, officials said.

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The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team said the Funny River fire was stoked by strong southwesterly winds for much of Saturday. By 11:30 p.m., when the winds died down, the fire was 123,649 acres.
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My wife barbequed burgers and a pork loin while I assembled a chest of drawers for the guest room. Lunch was a bit delayed, but well worth it. It was nice to smell smoke that isn't from the forest fire.

It's a quiet day otherwise, here in south Anchorage. I'm okay with that.


midnight rider said...

Evacuations for Funny River Residents per KSRM Facebook

Still spreading the word and trying to keep up, Rev Paul.


Old NFO said...

Sorry to hear that.

midnight rider said...

Per incident management it is precautionary crews are going to try a back burn.

JMD said...

Apparently the key word in all of this is that the fires (yours and ours) will continue to grow. Such a shame.

Rev. Paul said...

midnight rider, I continue to pray that your family here will be safe.

NFO, it's a mess. Thanks.

JMD, that's how it appears, at least for now.

OldAFSarge said...

Y'all stay safe up there!

Almost sounds like the Sandy Eggo area but, being Alaska, a lot bigger!

midnight rider said...

I have now seen blurbs, long and short (some even kinda sorta correct) on CNN Fox CBS and NBC today. TeeVee and print!

Somewhere somebody noticed something.

threecollie said...

It is crazy that the only place I am reading about this is right here on your blog. I have Ralph, who watches a lot of TV, keeping an eye out for stories on it, and so far, nada.

Rev. Paul said...

That's it exactly, Sarge. It took them a week to notice, though.

midnight rider, I'm guessing your family here has already been forced to leave their home; hope the fire misses them.

threecollie, I'm seeing local reports that the cable news outlets are starting to mention it, but I haven't watched any TV this weekend.

midnight rider said...

Nope, they are on the west side of the Sterling (just barely) and so have been able to stay in place. At least for now. Winds seem to be blowing the fire away from them today and to the northeast.

But thank you for thinking of them.

Rev. Paul said...

I'm glad to hear it, midnight rider. It's "snowing" ash in Anchorage today.