Going to Alaska to check fire disasters across the state

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Forest Fires Alaska by Robert Swetz

I am flying out from San Jose California Saturday afternoon headed to Alaska. I will be checking on our home around Homer Alaska and also viewing the devastation across the state.

There are approx 100 forest fires across Alaska and it is very hard to get around by car because there are only so many major roads of travel. My wife had to turn around several times when she was driving from Homer to Anchorage. Now she has a website she goes to that lets her know if the road is open. She took this photo (above) on her drive to Anchorage from Homer 2 days ago.

Here is another photo (below) of a smaller fire that broke out only 1 mile from our home. My wife almost had to evacuate because it was coming closer towards our home. The fire was contained after 3 days of airplanes and helicopters dropping water.

The fires in Alaska have destroyed over 2 million acres and continue to burn. 

Forest Fires in Alaska by Robert Swetz

With all the fires across Alaska and around the world I am really wondering what's going on? I know it's part of global warming and my friend says the earth is just going through a cycle like she's been doing for millions of years, cleansing.

I know that earth and other planets go through cycles but take a look at this link of all the forest fires going on in Alaska as of August 30th 2019. You can zoom in on the state and zoom out, and I really don't believe all these firs were started by global warming or the earth going through a cycle. I think something else is going on!


Current Fires / Alaska Wild Fires


What do you think by looking at all the fires going on in Alaska and around the world?

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Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz  

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Comments (8)

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Aug 30, 2019 07:56 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Phoenix had 2875 lightning strikes on Wednesday and the fire department had over 30 calls for fires, mostly tree fires but 3 houses were struck.  One storm could ignite many fires in a forest. 

Aug 30, 2019 08:25 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz

Hello Sheri , I do understand lightning but there hasn't been any lightning or rain in Alaska for months 

Aug 30, 2019 05:41 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh my goodness, Bob... I had not heard about this. What terrible news. Please stay safe and hope the fires get under control soon.

Aug 30, 2019 08:52 AM

Yep. Crazy year here. Not a climate change denier, but I agree that this is part of the cycle. Healthy for the forest and the planet in the long run. This fire season was especially bad here, but not totally uncommon for Alaska. So many square miles and so few people here, we rarely even know what's happening out there in the wild. It's only years like this when structures are threatened that we get our collective panties in a bunch.

Aug 30, 2019 09:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I know what it is like  to almost have to evacuate.  I hope your family stays safe,  and that the fires are under control soon.  A

Aug 30, 2019 09:15 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

My understanding of wildfires is that they are a natural occurrence to leads to more growth.  

Aug 30, 2019 03:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It is hard to fathom that Alaska would be enduring wild fires.  Yet, climate change seems to be impacting what we once thought to be true.

Aug 30, 2019 07:22 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning AB.

Thankfully your home survived.  I'm with you, I hope they find the person (persons), behind this.

Aug 31, 2019 12:41 AM