The Sun and the Springerville Fire

 Daytime, unfiltered, unretouched
images of the sun.

 June 3, 2011, 4 p.m., 50 miles Northeast of the Springerville Fire.

June 3, 2011, 6 p.m., 100 miles east of the Springerville Fire.

June 8, 2011,  10 a.m.,  Albuquerque,  NM, 150 miles ENE of the Springerville Fire.

Today’s new reports estimate the size of the destruction at 607 square miles:  larger that Marin County, larger than Oahu, HI.

5 Responses to The Sun and the Springerville Fire

  1. David Bauer says:

    Great, but ghostly and foreboding pictures of the sun, Al. Take care.

    We have been thinking about how close you may be to those Arizona/New Mexico wild fires. Things are heating up in Chico, though at this time we have no fires and no resulting smoke to block out the sun. Two or three years ago, the sun was totally obscured by the smoke from wild fires in the mountains north, northeast, east and southeast of Chico. It go to the point that the air was so bad that we were advised to wear special filter masks when out of doors. When we got that message, we bought our masks and then got out of Dodge.

    • allevenson says:

      I was leaving Show Low for ABQ when the fire was just 2 days old and I was unaware of it. The googlemap route went right through Springerville. I opted for a Northeasterly scenic route through the Zuni Res. I was scenic and was 20 miles north of the fire. But I ran into smoke anyway.

      There is a lot of coughing going on here. It is so sunny that a look across up the street seems clear. But distance views are definitely hazy.

      I’ve passed on bike riding for the duration.

      I am liking ABQ, meeting people, hearing about events, etc. I will stick around for another week before heading for Santa Fe.


  2. Colleen Rae says:

    Great shots, Al. Thanks for sharing. You have been on my mind a lot too, with the fires so close, especially when you were in AZ.

  3. karen wittgraf says:

    Obviously, you have been on everyone’s mind. Take care of yourself, please. ABQ is lovely so I don’t blame you for hanging out there- but Santa Fe awaits you and I know you’ll love it. Wonderful pics- but daunting.

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