Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunset and Burning

This is a normal, beautiful New Mexico sunset.

This is a New Mexico sunset when wildfires are raging nearby.

The fire closest to us is only about 14 acres (at least, as of Sunday - they haven't updated it yet). But I'm sure all that smoke is from some of the dozen other fires blazing throughout the state, the majority in the south. One is over 32,000 acres in size. Another is over 20,000. Another is over 13,000.

Typically, our view to the Northwest looks like this:

Plenty of mountains to be seen, right? Last night, the same area looked like this:

You can barely tell they're there. That's not fog, ladies and gents. It's smoke.

If the state turns to ash, I'll let you know.

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