If we needed proof of global warming, here it is, 100 degrees in SoCal in mid-May, our traditional gloomy season. Worse, the accompanying Santa Ana winds drive dry winds with 3-4% humidity through here at 10-60 mph, depending upon location and time of day. Today no less than nine separate fires popped up, all “apparently” unrelated to each other. The pictures were taken from our local park, looking west and north, the direction of the winds. Then I turned to leave and saw some smoke on the horizon east of us, which was bad news since the wind would push it our way. Sure enough, within an hour, it had grown into a nasty thing, forcing many to flee. Finally, but as we headed into the evening, the winds stopped and slowed the fire’s advance. So as of now, we’re okay.