Dryness Dustness Sootness

24 10 2007

Today’s the first day I’ve really noticed any impact from the fires, aside from the odd atmospherics mentioned yesterday. Over the past 24 hours, considerable dust and soot has built up around the house. Tonight, I went for a bike ride around Venice and Marina Del Rey, and there’s a layer of the stuff on just about everything; cars, decks, tables, chairs, and so on.

The last couple of days have been very hot and very dry – you can feel the moisture being lifted from your skin – but the wind has been quite calm.

Some of you have asked where, exactly, I live. Here’s a fair approximation. You can see the up-to-date fire maps here. I’m guessing the dust and soot around here today are from the Malibu and Santa Clarita fires (about ten and twenty miles away respectively). This group of fires burned over 50,000 acres and were apparently extinguished this evening. The closest one that’s currently burning is about sixty miles north – a 55,000 acre fire just on the other side of the Santa Monica Mountains near Santa Paula (the Piru Ranch fire). That one is reportedly 78% contained as of tonight.

I can definitely smell it today. It doesn’t smell like fire, really – it’s a dry ashy smell punctuated by extremely brief moments of smokiness. I’m told it’s not good for me.

That’s all from here.

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