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28 October 2019

The numbers for the Kincade Fire tell the story one way. Over 200,000 people evacuated. Less than five percent containment. Over 74,000 acres burned. Then you can add the numbers of the other northern and southern California fires burning now.

Smoke. Nikon D300 with 18-200mm Nikkor at f5.3, 1/125 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

As the sidebar notes, we've been here before each year at this time. People who escape one year lose everything they own the next. Fire burns where there's fuel.

In San Francisco itself, we've been spared both the planned electrical outages intended to avoid starting fires in rural areas and the fires themselves. Strong hot winds blew through yesterday but we aren't complaining.

As we went around town today, we ran into people who had trouble breathing or whose eyes were irritated from particulates in the air. We ourselves weren't much affect, though.

Tonight we looked out toward the ocean and saw what you see above. A purple stream of smoke laying over the water. All that remains of some people's lives.

We'll turn in tonight with their trials on our minds.

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