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Old June 10th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Doug Kerr Doug Kerr is offline
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In the southwest corner of New Mexico the largest wildfire in New Mexico history (Whitewater-Baldy) is raging, with almost 300,000 acres burned or burning. This fire is quite a way from us here in Alamogordo; the most direct on us is from the smoke, and so far most of that blows more to the north, toward Albuquerque. Still, we have an overall haze here from it.

Nearer us, just a bit west of the mountain town of Ruidoso, is the Little Bear fire, now said to have 26,000 acres burned or burning.

This afternoon, we drove up to the little town of Tularosa, about 18 miles north of us, for a late lunch at the best Mexican restaurant in the region, Casa de Sueños. Along the way, we got a stunning view of the smoke from the Little Bear fire:



Douglas A. Kerr: Smoke from Little Bear Fire 03742

The main fire is about 26 miles northeast of our location here. The large peak is Sierra Blanca Peak, at about 12,000 ft MSL (the fire is just beyond it).

After our lunch, we took this shot from the parking lot of the restaurant (a little closer to the fire). We see that the smoke plume had grown a great deal, extending well over the town of Ruidoso.



Douglas A. Kerr: Smoke from Little Bear Fire 03744

Again, we see (just behind the poles to the left) Sierra Blanca Peak (now more obscured by the local treeline).

(Residents there are on alert for the possibility of being ordered to evacuate.)

Our thoughts and prayers go to all those affected or threatened by these monumental disasters.

Best regards,

Doug
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Old June 10th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Be safe, Doug! thinking of you guys!

How is it being addressed by the state?

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Old June 11th, 2012, 08:37 AM
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Hi, Asher,

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Be safe, Doug! thinking of you guys!
Thank you so much.

How is it being addressed by the state?[/QUOTE]
They seem to be piling on a lot of resources.

Sadly, the basic fire problem was exacerbated by the fact that ongoing programs of clearing dead brush, in part funded by the Federal Government, have been greatly curtailed for a number of years owing to severe reductions in the Federal funding for them.

So those pinko hippies living up in the mountains (some even work for a scientific observatory, for God's sake) will just have to take what the male, Caucasian, Christian-conservative, right-wing God has in store for them, pursuant to I forget exactly what book, chapter, and verse of which translation of The Bible.

Best regards,

Doug
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Old June 12th, 2012, 03:38 AM
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Hi, Asher,


Thank you so much.

How is it being addressed by the state?

They seem to be piling on a lot of resources.

Sadly, the basic fire problem was exacerbated by the fact that ongoing programs of clearing dead brush, in part funded by the Federal Government, have been greatly curtailed for a number of years owing to severe reductions in the Federal funding for them.

So those pinko hippies living up in the mountains (some even work for a scientific observatory, for God's sake) will just have to take what the male, Caucasian, Christian-conservative, right-wing God has in store for them, pursuant to I forget exactly what book, chapter, and verse of which translation of The Bible.

Best regards,

Doug
lol...

Cheers,

Mark

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