Here is the extent of the Thomas Fire, via VIIRS readings going back a week:
Here are the active margins of the fire alone. The distance from one end to the other is about 40 miles:
We also see it’s eleven or twelve separate fires at this point. The ones happening in the back country matter less than the ones encroaching on civilization. Here’s the corner we’re most concerned with, since we have a house in Santa Barbara:
That’s what’s burning now.
According to Windy.com, the wind is a light breeze to the east-southeast, meaning back toward itself. This is good.
Here’s a photo set I shot driving to and from our place in Santa Barbara yesterday. It was pretty dramatic last night as we crept on a side road, avoiding the 101 traffic gawking its way past Summerland:
I’m not sure if some of those were back-fires or not. Details welcome.