...has brought a pall of smoke to the sky Where The Ghetto Meets The Sea...
The fires that produced the smoke are a long way away. The closest is perhaps 50 miles north of here. But they are massive fires; one has been burning for more than a week and is still nowhere close to being contained after consuming tens of thousands of acres of brush and forest.
It must be awful the closer one gets. In fact, I know it is; I have lived in areas that were threatened by fires. It is bad enough here.
There is a strange end-of-the-world feeling around here tonight. Maybe I'm the only one who feels it.
SEMI-PARENTHETICAL UPDATE: The smoke seems less pervasive now. Perhaps the slight breeze is clearing it away, or at least thinning it out. I can no longer smell it.
15 hours ago