Fire in the Mountains

Wildfire in Santa Cruz Mountains prompts some evacuations and has cast an enormous cloud of smoke across the entire Santa Cruz area.

My car, parked in the driveway and a good thirty miles from the fires, was covered in ash this morning.

There's a thin layer of blue skies just at the horizon and then nothing but brownish dark clouds above. Its kind of a bizarre sight really.

There's a decent chance that area schools are going to be shutdown because of the ash falling all over the area. In fact, my principal is announcing that parents may be coming to pick up kids due to the smoke and ash.

And it will get worse before it starts to get better.

[Update: A local news blogger, Brittney Gilbert, has picked up the photo and is running it on the CBS 5 Eye on Blogs! Also, the full sized image can be found in my Flickr photostream.