The fires so far

freeway complex fire shot by Officer Greg

The worst of SoCal's many fires are in Orange County (above), where more than 150 homes have burned and 1,000 more are in harm's way. OC Register

Lots of first-person updates and news in the OC Reg's breaking news blog.

The LA Times' main story looks at the toll across the region from Santa Barbara to the OC, where 30,000 people have been evacuated. As with the OC Reg's coverage, there's a wealth of links, maps, photos and evacuation and traffic info. Main story here.

Continuous posts with info, updates and vignettes from the fires at LA Now.

Get updated shelter info from the Red Cross online newsroom. The Red Cross also has a Twitter feed.

Some good fire maps and a weather report (more heat, more winds) at

The Pasadena Marathon has been canceled due to unhealthful air. Star-News

I can't be the only one wondering what becomes of the all the wild animals as thousands of acres habitat burn, can I?

Photo: Officer Greg / Flickr (via Creative Commons license)

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