Next to earthquakes, fires are probably a regular Southern California natural
disaster that you get used to. We’ve had heavy Santa Ana winds that blow hot and
hard from out of the mountains the past day. The heat has been sparking fires
including one that popped up a few miles away in
near Irvine’s Santiago Canyon.
The news had been dominated by the Malibu fire, but I could tell something
was up nearby when going out rollerblading last night. Ash started falling like
rain, and a huge cloud of smoke blotted out the sky:
Those two bright lights are airplanes coming in to land at John Wayne
Airport. Normally the fly out to sea, but with the wind reversed, they had to
approach from the ocean — and go right through the ash.
Above, you can see how the smoke was almost like a cloud, blotting out the