I've been using the Wildland Fires map from MappingSupport.com
to keep an eye on the Cerro Pelado fire and the larger (though more
distant from me) Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon fires raging in the Pecos.
It's an excellent map, but it's a little sporadic in whether it shows
the fire perimeter. In any case, as a data junkie, I wanted to know how
to get the data and make my own display, maybe for a quick viewer that
I can pop up when I sign on in the morning.
Also, Los Alamos County, on its
Pelado Information page, has a map showing the "Go" lines (if the
fire crosses these lines, we have to evacuate) for Los Alamos and
White Rock and I'd like to be able to view those lines
on the same map with the fire perimeter and hot spots.
It's the windy season, and the winds are crazy here. I'm pretty sure
I saw a house, some flying monkeys and a woman on a bicycle fly past
the window twenty minutes ago.
I'm not sure precisely how crazy — our weather station is only
showing a max of 18 mph, which mostly means there are too many trees
around it, but the weather station at TA54 just up the road is reading
26 right now, with a max of 48.3.
The cage that I built this spring to keep the deer away from the apple
tree (not that it ever flowers or fruits anyway) keeps wanting to slide
into the tree or topple over on top of it. I had to jump up twice
during dinner and run out to rescue it. So now it's tied to some big
rocks and, if those lose their grip, it's also tied to the fence.