2013 and 2014 has been exceptionally dry years here in California – resulting in drought conditions throughout the state. And, where there is a drought there is bound to be high potential for fire. So it was no surprise when fires did erupt, due to careless human misconduct, throughout the area known as Glendora- Colby. I live more than thirty miles away from where these fires started and I can tell you that in my “neck of the woods” smoke got in my eyes! Ash dropped like snow flurries on to cars all throughout the South Bay area and everyone seemed to be able to smell the essence of smoke and cinder for miles.
I captured the impact of the fire on our skies Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 17th. You can see how the skies over Torrance, CA were almost the color of caramel just hours after the fire began. In Palos Verdes there is a distinct line of demarcation between “clear skies” and the smoke.
As always I like to provide an ounce of education for those who read this blog. Read more about fire safety and disaster preparedness here: National Fire Protection Association