Going by vague memory, the areas roughly near Friday or Brent seem "fine" on CA's fire map, but I dunno about anyone else?
But I've been lucky enough to not have to evacuate. Thousands have lost their homes and some people are dead, including the people who fight the fires. This is, unfortunately, the new normal for California.
Our huge rainfall two winters ago just gave rise to a massive amount of underbrush, which served as tinder for the fires.
California has always had wildfires, of course, but they're worse now because of two main factors:
1. Climate Change causing more extreme weather patterns
2. Encroaching subdivision development into the foothills, where fires are common.
I took a picture of it from the roadside, and while I was doing that I found a full lighter that had been tossed right into the dry part of the planters next to my condo. So fuck everyone.
This means the loss of irreplaceable fossils, including the oldest fragments of prehistoric humans found in the Americas. Millions of specimens of invertebrates from a century-old collection. Archives and recordings of indigenous song and languages, many of which are extinct, as well as collections of ethnography and anthropology for cultures which are lost to history. Even the museum itself was a 200-year old building.
No, they didn't have the information stored digitally. The museum's budget has been cut to the bone.
The best ("best") part of this story is the commentators blaming the Puerto Rican administration for not carrying out the local end-distribution, when they were dumped on an inaccessible airfield at the least connected end of an island where almost the entire road infrastructure outside the capital had been destroyed.
Specifically, they're calling out the "corrupt Democratic governor".
Who is actually a Republican.