LA and Orange County are ablaze and hundreds of homes have been lost.
In our area, we are far from the fires, but not from their effects. To add to the strangeness of the already too early Christmas decorations and music (didn't they used to wait until the day after Thanksgiving for those??!) we've had light "snow" showers in the form of ash fluttering down upon us. The skies have darkened with the smoke and the sun has taken on an apocalyptic hue.
The air is bad - very very bad - but we are otherwise all fine and hoping for the fires to soon be under control.