I noticed this morning that the light outside was getting to be pretty remarkable around 9:30, even for Fairbanks. It’s still cold, about -40° F. I went out to take some pictures despite the fact I wasn’t really dressed for it. The slight frostbite on my right hand is slowly getting better which makes me happy.
The ice-fog filled, 40 below town of Fairbanks. This was taken from UAF near the Geophysical Institute and the entrance to the ski trails.
Purchase Print or License | The moon beginning its descent over Geist Road.
Purchase Prints or License | The purple outline of Mt. Hayes and the Alaska Range appears to the south.
As I was taking pictures, one of the UAF bus drivers stopped, opened his doors, yelled something, and pointed. I thought he was pointing at me, so like an idiot I kept asking him ‘what?’ Then I realized he was pointing at smoke off in the distance. I’m not yet sure what it’s from, but it must have been big. There were many fire engines leaving Fairbanks by way of the Parks with sirens on. I imagine it was related to this plume.
I’ll post an update if I hear what’s going on.
Unfortunately it looks like it was a home fire off of the Parks Highway – newsminer