This afternoon I reported on the winds in the OC and the fire in Malibu, writing that I was beginning to smell smoke.
As the afternoon turned to evening the winds stayed strong (As high as 108 mph in the Whittier Peak area!), knocking down tree branches along stretches of Bristol in Santa Ana and the number of fires grew, and grew.
Homes are threatened in the area of Portola Parkway and the 241 and 133 toll roads, as well as the Turtle Rock area, in Irvine.
There are so far 13 fires in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties, including one of 10,000 acres in the Agua Dulce area, burning up the landscape.
Word is that the winds will be a problem all week so hang on to your hats, folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Anyone with stories to share leave comments.
Anyone blogging the fires let me know and I'll link to your stories.
Oh and one more thing...
To you folks, across the country and around the world, watching all this...
We go through this every year in SoCal.
Some years are worse than others and this one is shaping up to maybe be a doozy.