There was a wildfire that started about 4 miles from the kennel yesterday evening. The plume of smoke was visible from the edge of the dog yard. Allen and Aliy were in Denali National Park speaking to tourists when both Kaz and Ryne called to give them the news. They came straight home.
By this time, the Two Rivers neighborhood and the Alaska Wildland firefighting professionals really pulled together and tamed a very hazardous situation.
Ray was actually driving home from work (he is a firefighter) and saw the signs of a fire. Soon the state and federal agencies were throwing all resources at it. Meghan, who is currently employed by Alaska Fire Service, was given a half day off - only to sit at a wildfire roadblock for hours while trying to return home to Charlet and Tina Turner.
Hot shots, smokejumpers, various fire crews, as well as helicopters and airplanes worked the fire into the night. By, 11 PM the road block was lifted and many of the flames were contained.
The incredible temperatures and dry forests in Interior Alaska this summer might lead to a crazy wildland fire season. We hope this one was as close to us as they will get!! Regardless, we have dog boxes and trucks ready in case humans or dogs need to be moved in a hurry.
The fire came across Chena Hot Spring Road at 16 mile. The kennel turn off is 21 mile.
Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers landed in the field adjacent to the kennel.
Derek was the first Smokejumper to land.
Ray and Derek talk "Fire talk".