It's bad here, in Santa Barbara
And, I am lucky to be able to be telling you this. A raging fire is consuming the populated hills behind town. I live on the upper east side, and my wife and I packed the van last night and evacuated, but returned shortly as we saw that the fire was not heading toward us. Ash and smoke makes it uncomfortable to go outdoors. I got no sleep last night as helicopters zoomed right over us at low altitude to refill their tanks nearby. I couldn't get any pictures, but it's all over the news. 100 luxury homes and mansions are gone, as are some parts of a college campus and a beautiful monastery. We are still on alert if the wind shifts. (cough, cough).