As if the Gap fire and the montecito fire weren't bad enough (remember?) we now have our third fire within a year. This one is right inbetween the other two, about 10 miles away from where we live. It is the closest to downtown, Santa Barbara. Many homes have already been burned!
It started out looking like this:
until the famous Santa Barbara "sundowner" winds kicked up late afternoon and it became this:
but on a pleasant note, the above picture was taken from right outside my lab. I am really gonna miss this place.
Update: It has gotten even CLOSER! look at this picture from where we live!
I found this picture in apnews, it shows the aluminum hubcap from a car parked at a burned down house here melted off!Here's the map. Gray are is burned, red is mandatory evacuation, yellow is evacuation warning. It is only 6 miles from us now...
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