Been a busy afternoon. My brother’s house and neighborhood was put on mandatory evacuation around 4:30 this afternoon, so we were kept busy getting everything loaded into trucks and vans to move to a safer place. There is a small reservoir over the hill from his house where the fire fighting helicopters have been picking up water all afternoon, often circling low over his house. Still at 10:30 at night, 5-6 helicopters are still flying around in the sky. After it got dark I went to a view point a couple miles west and the wind was blasting and I could see huge flare ups in the fire every few minutes. Luckily the winds aren’t as bad as they could be though. Going to be a long night for a lot of people.
first photo: view from the Santa Barbara Courthouse around 4:30 this afternoon.