This is what it looked like in downtown Santa Paula yesterday afternoon about 2:30. You’d think we were halfway through the Book of Revelations, but in fact we were a good twenty-five miles (or more) from the Ranch Fire in Castaic. (The weird white spots I can’t identify: perhaps dust seen in the flash?)
But with the Santa Ana winds expected to blow strongly today, nearly anything can happen, as Malibu will attest. Let’s hope the VCFD can secure fire lines to the south and west — our direction.