Life in the Mountains: Wildfires

| 11/7/2013 9:43:00 AM

Of Mice and Mountain MenIt’s raining here today. That’s a very good thing. Not only do we need the moisture, but it does wonders for the air quality in our neighborhood right now. 

A forest fire started early yesterday on Stone Mountain: just over a mile from where I sit. The smoke in the air was noticeable here by mid-morning and got steadily worse. By early afternoon an easterly wind moved in and blew the smoke the other side of Piney Mountain down through Bat Harbor. When the wind died down yesterday evening, the smoke moved back in, in force. It was nasty.

Smoke from the wildfires

The photo above is a shot of the fire taken Wednesday at dusk from the Lowe’s parking lot in Newport – probably about 8 miles away as the crow flies. Unless it’s a drunken crow; then that would be hard to judge. That shot is zoomed in a bit. The shot below is pulled back to show the smoke plume that is drifting along Piney Mountain: our home place.

The fires are close to where we live

We sealed our house windows yesterday to keep the smoke out. The gentle drizzly rain started around 4 a.m. and has dropped 4/10th inch so far – at 8 a.m. – which has done wonders toward dragging the smoke particles out of the air and making it far more breathable. It should help some in the firefighting efforts as well.

11/8/2013 11:28:04 AM

Allan, I'm glad to hear that you are not in any real danger from the fire. Out of control fires are a seriously scary thing I would expect. The smokey polluted air would be terrible for the folks with repertory issues. ***** Have the best smoke free day that you can.

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