Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire started December 4 near Santa Paula, California, moved northwest, burning behind and in some cases into Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. It eventually became the largest wildfire in California history, burning "an area greater than New York City, Brussels and Paris combined" (BBC News).

The first of the following photos is now part of an exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

 On December 12, I took this photo of the Thomas Fire behind Santa Barbara and Montecito. It "went viral" and can now be seen across  Facebook ,  Twitter , and the  web , with a few on Instagram. Some postings credit me, others do not. The fires in the background were partly strategic burns.

On December 12, I took this photo of the Thomas Fire behind Santa Barbara and Montecito. It "went viral" and can now be seen across Facebook, Twitter, and the web, with a few on Instagram. Some postings credit me, others do not. The fires in the background were partly strategic burns.

 The view from across the street December 16. The grey is smoke rather than fog or clouds.

The view from across the street December 16. The grey is smoke rather than fog or clouds.