Thanks for all your emails and messages. We had to evacuate yesterday morning, but have been quite safe, staying Monday night with one of the managers at the Bondi, at Ocean Beach, where the sun is almost shining and the air is almost fresh!
The scale of this disaster is astonishing. 513,000 people have been evacuated.
The Witch Creek Fire is the one that has been threatening our neighbourhood. It has devastated 230,000 acres and razed over 500 homes. And it is just one of the fires the county is dealing with.
So impressed by all the organisation. Refuges have been et up everywhere, and there are volunteers doing wonderful work, proviing beds and drinking water and meals. There are 10,000 staying at the Qualcomm football stadium, for example.
The Santa Ana winds seemed to have let up today, so tanker planes and helicopters have been able to fly in and drop waterbombs. There's even a bit of a sea breeze, so the humidity will increase slightly, and that may help.
It remains very scary, though.