Major wildfire in progress in the hills directly above Santa Paula, Rapidly advancing west and towards Ventura. Current estm. acerage: 2500 - *4k acres (*10:45 pm NBC L.A. update) and spreading rapidly, possibly @ 40acres per minute, per earlier twitter reports ( Twitter handle: #ThomasFire) If anyone has friends/ family anywhere west of the fire line, please contact.. Could reach eastern side of Ventura towards morning.. Reports of another smaller fire nearby as well.. 0% containment atm.
Prayers for anyone in the path, and to all on the lines.
I've been by this palm several times, it is a bit northeast of where I live. I don't have any photos of it, so this is a really bad, blurry picture from google maps a few years ago.
I know we have a lot of Palm Talkers up there, and we're praying for you down here.
Yeah, we have that fire in Anaheim, but so far No-Cal has been so much worse.
Let us know how you are, if you can.
After hearing of family members being evacuated in a seperate fire incident northeast of Sacramento, I tuned into the ABC affiliate out of San Francisco to hear of an especially massive and ongoing situation in the Napa/ Santa Rosa area. As of 1:30pm, apparently 1500 structures, and several thousand acres have burned since starting sometime last night. Believe 20k are under evacuation atm in the area as well.
Santa Barbara has a very mild zone 10a climate. Here are some photos of palms that can be seen around my area.
Roystonea regia (not my photo)
What I believe to be Roystonea oleracea. These are located near the beach at UCSB.
This is a species of Pritchardia. I originally posted this photo in this topic: http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/51887-palms-at-ucsb/#comment-788706.