Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire started December 4 near Santa Paula, California, and has since moved northwest, burning behind and in some cases into Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. "A huge blaze that has devastated swaths of Southern California is on course to become the largest wildfire in the state's modern history and is expected to burn into January." (CNN) Family has been evacuated, friends have lost homes, and most of us in the area wear protective masks when outdoors.

As of December 21, all Santa Barbara County evacuation orders have been lifted.

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 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.