We spent the weekend in SoCal with family for Thanksgiving and got to see what a California Forest Fire looks like close up. The Malibu fire was about 15 miles from where we were staying, but it looked like it was right over the next ridge. Took a couple pics with the cell phone, I’ll have to get them uploaded later.
It’s a bit of a surreal experience. 1000+ firefighters actively working on it, dozens of aircraft in the air all day, last I heard 50+ homes destroyed. But from what we could see, life was just going on as normal. People were still out and about running errands and visiting friends. Just shows that different areas deal with different types of disasters.