To my surprise, yes, one hundred stories high

SoCal has little brush fires all the time, but this smattering represents the real deal. The wildfires down here are quite something. There’s a nasty orange veil of smoke on the horizon. About ten miles east of here is what they call the Santiago Fire, presumably started by humans. The fabled Santa Ana winds howl off the desert and whip the wind east to west, out over the ocean. There’s a sickly yellow veil of thin acrid smoke everywhere around Irvine and Costa Mesa. It gets worse the farther east you go. Schools are closing, or at least keeping the kids indoors. I went up to Los Angeles today to get headshots done, and the sunset was sinister.

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