California MeFites, please be safe and let us know you're okay if you can. My heart is breaking for all of us.
Overnight in Northern California, a 200 acre fire became a 57,000 acre fire and people are desperately trying to evacuate. There are at least 10 dead and 1,500 structures have been destroyed. The L.A. Times has live coverage, Mercury News has the local story. Meanwhile in SoCal, Canyon Fire No. 2 in the Anaheim Hills area of Orange County is up to 5,000 acres. A mandatory evacuation order is in place; 1000+ people have been evacuated so far, and six structures have been destroyed. Wildfire Today has updates on fires across the state. I hope all our MeFite friends and family are okay. Please let us know if you need help.
Per LAist: 5,000 Acre La Tuna Canyon Fire Burns One Home, Evacuations Continue. It's now the largest fire (by acreage) in L.A. history. It's a heavily populated area, and I know a lot of MeFites live around there, so I thought it would be good to have a post for checking in and seeing if anyone needs any help. Be safe, and try to stay cool. [more inside]