I was going to write something about the uncontrolled forest fire visible from our house, but then I found a better write-up was already posted on Cosmic Variance. All eyes in the astrophysical community are on Mt. Wilson as the flames bear down on the historic observatory.
The photo above is the view from the Caltech Astronomy Department. The word for the day: pyrocumulous cloud.
We're doing well. Far better than the people evacuating Altadena right now. When we wake up in the morning it smells like a mixture of cigarette smoke and last night's camp fire. It's very hazy around town. Kinda like LA in the late 80's!
You can follow the fire on this handy Google Map:
Click here for the full-screen map. For reference, we're in Pasadena south of the 210 Freeway and just north of the Huntington Botanical Gardens.