It was ten years ago when the Miller's Reach Fire went through this land we live on.
On June 2, 1996, a small wildfire ignited in the Miller's Reach, Alaska area. On June 7th the President signed a Disaster Declaration for the Miller's Reach Fire. By June 15th the fire was considered under control. Approximately 37,366 acres burned and 344 structures were destroyed. Luckily, there were no causalities. State of Alaska WebsiteI see they report that there was no casualties. I believe one firefighter fell into a fire hole(?) (She was burned but did not die.)
We had another cabin and a few other buildings here that were lost in that fire. Now, our home, cabin and shop are located here --so I am very relieved to see the smoke dwindling. At 7:25 PM it is just about completely out. (At least I do not see anymore black smoke.) Helicopters dropped buckets of water. I could not see the buckets as I have poor eyes, but Doug has better eyes and could see them.
This picture was taken about an hour after I first noticed the plume of smoke. It does not look so very big as it did from my point of view! :-) I wonder how many acres burned?
I've been working in the yard. I planted some gladiola's and begonia bulbs today. So nice to be outdoors again, but I did not like seeing the smoke and went to get a cold glass of water and sat on the deck and just watched until the smoke begin to be more white than black.
It was 75F today. I've been told that our summer is supposed to be dry and hot.
That does not sound comforting to me! I would love it if it would please rain.