There have been 3 separate brush fires today.
One of them is only a couple of miles from the house. Friends of ours were evacuated, and said they could see the flames as they left. Winds of up to 80mph aren't helping the fire fighters - they put one section out, and wind-borne embers have set another area alight.
Two of the fires, including the one near us, are completely contained.
The one in the foothills is huge, and, last time I checked, 0% contained. They've expanded the evacuation area for that one. So far, 2 houses have been lost, but I suppose we're lucky that so far it's been limited to 2, considering the conditions.
We talked about packing some things earlier, just in case the winds whipped it in our direction during the night. (Not worried about that now, TTGs.) Zoe made a pile of what she wanted to take if we had to leave. Her pile includes a doll she got for Christmas, stuffed animals, books, Littlest Pet Shop stuff, some undies, and a pair of dirty socks.
I took a picture of her pile, and will post it tomorrow. The dirty socks were one of the few laughs we've had tonight.
If you want to see pics of the fire, go here. Then take a minute to give thanks for the brave men and women who are out fighting this thing.