Yesterday was particularly clear in the Los Angeles basin. The views were endless. You could see for miles. It was nice while it lasted.
In the afternoon there was a brush fire in the hills just above the intersection of the 134 and the 2 freeways. It looked pretty bad on TV: bright red flames, close to homes. Smoke.
Climate change and three years of drought are a great combination if you're a fire. They say we could have a pretty bad fire season this year. Not that fire season any year is what you'd call good.
I was in Hollywood when I heard about the Glendale fire. My usual route home is via surface streets through Silverlake, then up the 2 freeway and east along the 134 through Eagle Rock and on into Pasadena. I checked my online source then headed home, listening to the KNX traffic reports.
In Silverlake, I saw two water-dropping helicopters lift off from the reservoir. Didn't have my camera ready but it was exciting to see! And lucky for me, the worst of the traffic was on the westbound 134. The 2 was fine, as was the eastbound 134.
I pulled off the freeway in Pasadena and took this shot, facing west on Mountain near Lincoln. A lot of smoke had come our way. Lucky for us, the threatened homes weren't Pasadena homes. Not this time. The sky will be clear again soon.