Well, the Santa Ana winds kicked into full force today and with it came some seriously horrible fires. Malibu lost a church and some homes, with many still threatened. Moorpark had it's own fire, but I think it's contained. Porter Ranch, just west of our old house in Chatworth is burning. Castaic and Agua Dulce are still burning. 1 person died in San Diego and many other fire fighters were injured. The sky here is smokey and thick and smelly. Being outside is very smokey. My daughter asked me if it was night yet and it was only 2pm!
I have some strong memories of being evacuated from our house in Chatsworth due to fires. The first time, my daughter was 3 weeks old. It was scary, the fire came right up to our neighborhood. There was ash falling everywhere and our house was probably about 200 feet from the fireline. I was freaking out about forgetting the breast pump (yeah, I was a bit hormonal). Packed up our hard drive, file cabinet drawers, scrapbooks and the breast pump and we went and spent the next 2 nights with some good friends who took us in!
The second time was 3 days before escrow was supposed to close in our house sale! I couldn't make it home from work because the freeways were closed. We spent the night ay my BIL's house. I had to go to work the next day and didn't have any clothes. So I wore one of my BIL's Dodger shirts and the same pants as the previous day. It was so styling. Luckily, no damage occured, escrow closed on our house (although the new owners had quite a time finding fire insurace) and all was well.
Here's a photo I took tonight of the setting sun. Bright red/orange in the hazy sky, pretty weird. Stay safe.