There is a decent sized fire very close; it looks no more than 3-5 miles away.
If you know anything about it, leave a message in the comments.
UPDATE: Mrs. P. has turned on KCAL 9, which is showing live footage. We’ve had Santa Anas for the last couple of days at least and it’s been very warm, even at night.
She also says she was outside a few minutes ago and there was a big flash and the hillside went dark (except for the fire) for a second or two. Apparently the fire hit a transformer. But power did not stay off.
UPDATE x3: You can see homes on fire on the television; Mrs. P. watched one collapse. The L.A. Times is reporting that the next community over (Portuguese Bend) has been ordered to evacuate. (H/t DRJ.)
UPDATE x4: A photo of a home in flames, from the KTLA web site:
UPDATE x5: I thought I had said this at the outset, but I didn’t: I can see this fire clearly from my back yard. There is a tower of smoke and the wall of flame is visible; there are 4-5 helicopters in the air.
UPDATE x6: If you walk in our back yard, it smells like you’re sitting around the camp fire.
Mrs. P. saw another big blue flash and a nearby hillside has now lost power.
UPDATE x7: Jesus. I’m shocked that we still have power. The block immediately below us has lost power, and only a few houses towards the fire have lights on. The entire hillside between us and the fire is completely black.
Mrs. P. reports that the wind has picked up and is right in our face as we look towards the fire.
UPDATE x8: Another trip to the back yard. The wall of flame is gone and it looks a lot less menacing. The power is still out to virtually every home around us, however. It’s a miracle we still have power.
UPDATE x9: Link to live footage from KTLA. (H/t Apogee.) Turn down your sound before you click.
UPDATE x10: New L.A. Times story:
RANCHO PALOS VERDES– At least six homes have been destroyed by a fast moving brush fire that broke out in Rancho Palos Verdes shortly after 8:00 p.m. Several others structures are threatened by the flames and evacuations are underway.
The fire is burning near Ocean Trails Drive and Palos Verdes Drive, near the Trump National Golf Club, according to Captain Mike Brown of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Evacuation orders have been issued for the streets of Portuguese Bend, Amber Sky, and Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes, Captain Sam Padilla of the Los Angeles County Fire Department told KTLA.
I just went to Google Maps and checked. As the crow flies, Portuguese Bend Road is about 6000 feet away — barely over a mile. Amber Sky at Crest Road is about two miles away.
UPDATE x11: Another trip to the back yard. The wall of flame is back.
I don’t think I’m going to sleep very well tonight.
UPDATE x12 AUGUST 28: At 6 a.m. this morning there was a horizontal layer of smog, fog, smoke, or who knows what in between us and the location of the fire. You can’t see flames any more and my impression is that it is either out, or has died down considerably.
UPDATE x13: The L.A. Times reports that much of the fire has been contained.