Writing, RidgeBook III, was one of the most enjoyable stories I’ve ever written. Set in the Arctic it allowed me to let my shifters wear more clothes and not walk around mostly nude.
Quick Disclaimer: Photos below are not Fireisland but pictures of Alaska from the personal file of Author Tiffinie Helmer. Thank you. There is a link further down that takes you to the official Fireisland Windfarm site.
When researching the Arctic Ocean for something unique that I could highlight in my Brothers of Element Series, I came across a fascinating island.
Fireisland Alaska is an island off Anchorage in the shape of a whale.
In creating my heroine, Svetlana, I wanted her to be brave and independent, yet have a secret that makes her vulnerable. I gave her a cool career as a bush pilot and being of Russian and Alaskan decent, she has a family history of hunting polar bears. Refuting her mothers hunting heritage, she tags polar bears to study their breeding and hibernating habits. Her way of giving back.
As a teen, she was attacked by a polar bear and is now self-conscious of the scars on her stomach. And although she’s not ashamed of being a full-figured woman, she sometimes downplays her curves to the dismay of Ridge, our hero.
When her new family is in danger of being exposed, she becomes their best weapon. Only it shatters Ridge’s heart to place his mate in that position after waiting a hundred and seventy five years to find her.
Svetlana will prove she’s not a detriment to the very shifters, the polar bears, that King Ridge protects.
Fire Island Wind LLC
Click on the link below to see Fireisland windfarm.
Fireisland was at first, Fire Island Air Force Station
Courtesy of Wikipedia
In September 1951, the U.S. Air Force 626th Airborne Control and Warning Squadron was established on the island at a base on its southern end called Fire Island Air Force Station. Staffed by about 200 personnel, the base was an air defense radar center and Nike surface-to-air missile site for NORAD, doubling as a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control radar and communications site. Since the island is not connected to the mainland, all supplies came by helicopter from Elmendorf Air Force
Base and, during summer, by barge from Anchorage. A runway was built during the first years of the base’s existence; however, during the 1964 Alaska earthquake – one of the largest in recorded history – the airfield subsided into the ocean, leaving helicopter as the only way of reaching the island by air.
Fire Island AFS closed in 1969, leaving the FAA as the sole user of the island. The base site was cleaned up in the 1990s, and the facilities razed. The FAA site stayed open until 1980, when new Kenai-based radar became active. In 1982, the site of the old air station was turned over to the native corporation Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) as federal surplus property.
Currently, CIRI owns 90% of Fire Island’s 4,000 acres, the rest belonging to the FAA and the US Coast Guard. The FAA maintains a private general aviation airfield on the east corner of the island, which has two runways and hosts, on average, 25 landings and
takeoffs each month. Access to the island is by permission only. At present,
there is an 11-turbine, 17.6-megawatt wind farm located on Fire Island. The installation is owned and operated by Fire Island Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI), the owners of the island. The turbines’ nacelles rise to 262 feet (80 m) above the ground, about the height of Anchorage’s Robert B. Atwood Building, which is the city’s second-tallest. An underwater transmission line connects the wind farm to the Anchorage power grid.
The wind farm is the first megawatt-scale wind project in Southcentral Alaska. According to the producers, the installation powers 5,600 homes in Anchorage. Though the FAA currently permits only 11 turbines, the farm has the capacity to triple in size to 33.
Project History. (Wind turbine of Fireisland)
Since the abandonment of the air force station, various uses had been suggested for the island, including an expansion of the Port of Anchorage or the development of industrial facilities. Although drinking-water supplies were judged insufficient to support commercial or industrial development. In the early 1990s the utility Chugach Electric determined that Fire Island is a favorable location for a wind farm. Deciding factors included not just strong and steady winds, but also proximity to the Anchorage area and lack of conflicting land-use issues.
In 2000, Chugach Electric approached CIRI, the owners of Fire Island, with a proposal that CIRI build a wind farm there and sell the electricity to the Anchorage power grid. Measurements taken over the next several years reconfirmed the site’s viability for producing commercial wind power. The FAA, operators of nearby Anchorage International Airport, cautiously approved the project in 2008 after deciding that the wind turbines would not interfere with their radar equipment.
Work on the installation commenced in 2009, and construction of the turbines themselves took place over the summer of 2012. On September 24, 2012, all 11 turbines began feeding into the Anchorage electrical grid.
I would like to thank Author Tiffinie Helmer for digging through her collection of photos of Alaska and allowing me to share them with you.
Check out her website to find more stories set in Alaska. http://www.tiffiniehelmer.com/
To find out what happens on Fireisland between Arctic Ocean Tiger Shark King, Ridge Bartholomew and Svetlana Kozlow, read, Ridge Book III. The Brothers of Element Series. R
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