For any family and friends who may be wondering how we are doing here in LA during these firestorms, we are fine. I am not in any danger and neither is my daughter. There is a lot of smoke and ash everywhere so we have all been advised to stay indoors and not do any heavy work outdoors. And it is also very hot. Hopefully, it will start to cool off tomorrow and the wind will shift. Those rains we had recently were not enough to ward off the inevitable.
Here is a link to CNN that shows a map of where the fires are. You can also go over to Grace's site and check out the wealth of information she has there on the fires.
If you live in Southern California, and are not in danger of the fires (and don't own an outdoor cat), I would urge you to put out some water for the birds. They are in full migration right now and the drought, not to mention the fires, has got to be very hard on them. If you don't have a bird bath, just a shallow bowl will do. You can hear dozens of warblers every morning voraciously combing the trees and bushes for bugs. They make a very high-pitched zeet zeet sound. They need to fill up on both water and food before continuing their journey.