The strong smell of smoke woke me and we've got another fire. In Sylmar this time, driven by what the LAFD called near-hurricane-force winds. At least 2,600 acres burned and, with the fire moving at close to one mile per hour, authorities are insisting that residents in the evacuation areas get out even if they can't see flames.
General info about the fire and evacuation areas: 800/439.2909
It's all over the local news, of course, and reporters sound absolutely freaked out. The Times' coverage is up and running with the story here and evacuation info here. There's also a really good map -- just click the icons for evacuation and road closure info.
And in case you were wondering, yes, that was an earthquake early this morning, 3.5 centered near Fillmore. What's next -- a rain of frogs?