So theres been a bunch of fires out in Southern California, including areas of LA, San Diego, and about 4 miles away from where I live and work in Mission Viejo / Laguna Hills.
There's ash all over the place, and it's definitely hard to breathe. A couple of people at work had to go home because the smoke was getting to them so bad. Most of the day at work everyone's eyes were watering and red, everyone was coughing, and it smelled like we had a bbq going on. The bbq smell is pleasant at first, but gets old fast :-)
At work, most of the day was spent talking about the fires. And keeping updated on the area. Several stores around us closed, including one store that was 2 miles away from our work. I wouldn't be suprised if we don't have work tomorrow due to all of the smoke. Also, some stores are closing because they are losing power as a result of the fire downing power lines. It's pretty crazy.
Apparently this area (Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo) is now "safe" and is part of the region that is 30% contained. But that could change with the winds. The firewall for this area is the 241 Highway, which is about 4 miles away, so hopefully the fire doesnt jump the highway.
The fire has already consumed over 16,000 acres, and 2000 structures, and it's still no where near being contained. According to the OC Register website, the National Guard has been called in to help fight the fire (bringing about 1500 National Guard folks in to help).