Couldn’t think of a creative title for this post… but that’s OK because there’s nothing creative about it. It’s just incredible how every year in October… almost like clockwork… the Santa Ana winds mysteriously start blowing out of the east causing almost every ounce of moisture in the air to evaporate. So maybe an old broken beer bottle chucked to the side of the road like 6 months ago, suddenly becomes a magnifying glass in the sun. Same as any other day, but this day it’s different since the brush it’s sitting on is dry as a bone as it hasn’t rained in months… almost a year… and the wind is blowing all that fresh oxygen right by it and then wa-la… you have a fire with limitless amount of fuel all around it to burn. This is Alex’s theory of how some of these crazy wildfires get started since they seem to spring up out of nowhere. Unfortunately though, some are found to be intentionally set by some idiot on a power trip (like the Santiago fire which almost caused us to evacuate our studio – they’re offering a $70k reward by the way to anyone who can find this sucker!). Anyway, my point is that it is amazing how powerful nature can be, and how a simple thing like a change in the direction of a wind can suddenly turn into a fire storm that’s burned down 1500 homes… not houses… HOMES. My heart goes out to all of these families. Here are some crazy photos from the Earth Observatory that show the progression of the fires over the last few days. That whispy white stuff is what we’re breathing… lots and lots of smoke and ash. ICK!! But at least we are very safe, our house is fine, and all is good. Thanks to Nate & Jaclyn for publishing one of these images on their blog which led me to the rest. Oh and if you want to lend a hand, you know who to contact: American Red Cross
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