As we approach year's end, this seems to be about as good a time as any to reprise the big event locally of this year, the great Big Sur fires.
This first image from just down the street from our house on the first day the smoke blew up from the South. It was eerie and a bit frightening. I had never seen anything like it before.
The next is up the Salinas Valley near the Aroyo Seco. This was the Indians Fire that was the first of the two huge blazes that consumed so much of the Los Padres forest.
The last picture is taken just north of Big Bur on the coast and is of the Basin Fire which very nearly destroyed the town of Big Sur.