It’s that time of year again when forest fires are the lead story on the nightly news across the 11 western states – with the biggest ones making the national news. If you followed my series on Montana ghost towns and mining camps last fall/early winter, you probably noticed the haze from forest fire smoke in many of the photos. We even came “face-to-face” with an inferno on our way home from Montana, which I blogged about. A year or so before that, forest fire smoke impaired our photos while we were heading south in the fall which I wrote about here.
Stay Clear of a Forest Fire During your Travels
Just recently, I discovered a website that will not only pinpoint where forest fires are burning on a map in the west, but most importantly current images that shows the path of the smoke. Now, I (and you) will know ahead of time which way the smoke is traveling and can either prepare for it by finding inside activities to enjoy, detour around or sit tight while waiting for the winds to shift.
This cool feature is part of the Wunderground.com weather forecasting website. Simply enter the city or town you want the “smoke forecast” at the top of the screen, then scroll down the layers located on the right hand side of the page until you come to “Fire.” Below “Fire” you will have the choice of checking the box for “Active Fires” or “Fire Risk”. By checking the box for “Active Fires” the site will display fires currently burning in the forecast area, as detected by satellite and the path of their smoke plumes. You can also check the box for “Fire Risk” to see places you may want to avoid.
Another summer in the trenches running through the forest fire smoke gauntlet is just another adventure in RVing!
Please join me in praying for the safety of our fire fighters this summer and thanking them for their service in protecting us and our forests.