I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

The volunteer fire department doused a boiling brush fire down at the south end of the Chilkat River Beaches Recreation Area this afternoon– and luckily a north wind was blowing which pushed it toward the Carr’s Cove rocks and away from the homes down here– like mine. The response by the fire department was swift and sure so it didn’t skip the road and catch the trees and hillside homes up there on fire. The best guess is a coal from a campfire yesterday in the popular picnic pit by the road was fanned out by the high winds and re-ignited in the dry grass, which sure blew up fast. Make sure campfires are totally out. (Even this morning on our walk we didn’t notice any smoke or heat there —  so triple check and dump some water on it just for good measure.) 

Thanks Mike and Tim, and all the volunteers for a job well done, and for sticking around and soaking the whole area– just to be sure it doesn’t flare back up. It really could have been a disaster without your help.