It's Santa Anas time...
Over 100 homes in the area are gone as well, and I haven't heard any reports on containment.
It's just so CLOSE! N and I are far enough away that we won't be directly affected unless something VERY strange happens -- but we could easily see huge flames from our porch. Friends have been evacuated from their homes. It's been raining ash since around 6 last night, and doesn't seem to be letting up.
If you are interested, updates can be found at http://www.independent.com
On the plus side, my office is closing at noon because there is NO ONE HERE so I get a half-day off, with pay!