Here in suburban Orange County the sky is a strange orange-brown and the air is thick with the smell of smoke, but we are safe from the fires sweeping Southern California. Many families are not so fortunate and are evacuating their homes for safety's sake.
Malibu, Canyon Country, Irvine, and Lake Arrowhead are just a few of the areas hit hard by fire.
I was sorry to hear that dozens of homes have already been lost in Lake Arrowhead, where we have enjoyed many happy vacations over the years. The Twin Peaks area next to Arrowhead is currently under voluntary evacuation.
The governor has called in the National Guard to help fight the fires.
A report from another Orange County resident is at Holy Coast.
Previously: Sunday night.
Update: Check out the great video of a DC-10 dropping fire retardant over the fire in Lake Arrowhead. We saw this live on the news this afternoon and were really wowed by it. The AP reports the plane was carrying up to 12,000 gallons of fire retardant.