Posted by ws1 on:
Looks pretty smokey out there today.. This is normally the view of the mountains from our house. Sounds like 5000 people have been evacuated thus far.
There's some good news, at least for the moment.. The fire seems to be at a lull for the time being. Winds are virtually nil, and the fire department reports that the firecrews are on the offensive for the first time, with full rounds of air support, water drops, etc.. Looks like there's going to be a short window of opportunity to 'put this thing down' before the Santa Ana's kick back in this evening (though they're expected to be stronger in Ventura County).
Air quality warnings are in effect advising residents to limit outdoor activity.
Direct Relief says in a press-release that, "Free masks will be distributed to area residents in the parking lot off Las Positas, near the intersection with State Street. The N-95 masks help protect against inhaling particulate matter in smoke and ash, a particular concern for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma."