Normally our skies are blue, but today smoke from wild fires fueled by Santa Ana winds (some gusting up to 100 miles per hour) have turned our skies grey and yellow.
We were on our way home along the 101 Freeway after having spent some time with Mike at an archeological dig on Mulholland Hwy (photos of that another day). We noticed smoke to the north and soon we found ourselves in the middle of the smoke cloud being blown along by the winds in front of a wild fire, not the Malibu fire but one closer to home, the Moorpark fire.
If you have looked at any TV news station today, you will have heard about the Malibu fire. A lovely church, Malibu Presbyterian Church, burned to the ground, and several homes are gone as well. "Homes", in Malibu, means multimillion dollar structures.
Willow's Cottage is 30 miles and $30million away from Malibu, but we are experiencing the smoke filled air, the ashes, the grey sky. Most of our smoke is coming from ten miles north of us, in Moorpark .
We are not in any danger from the fires at this point. Winds, embers, downed power lines, and blown over trees are unpredictable, so we will continue to check the news. Fires will happen during this very dry season, so we are prepared. I went outside to water my plants and came back inside smelling like a bonfire. There is ash falling from the sky, leaving a blanket of white on our car and on the leaves of the camellia bushes.
Seedlady, The Professor's sister, lives near us and called to tell us that a large tree in her back garden blew over. It blew AWAY from the house and landed in the middle of the back, evidently taking its roots with it as there is a large hole in the ground now. We and she are certainly thankful that the tree did not fall on her house.