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From a back window that overlooks San Diego, the thick layer of smog that blankets the city is overwhelming.

Two days ago, San Diego was the jewel of the West Coast. But the beautiful city with blue skies, a deep blue ocean and miles of beaches has become Armageddon.

The mayor has urged everyone to stay off the roads, stay off their cell phones and ration their utilities to enable the communications and other resources needed by those incredible first responders who are putting their lives on the line.

They are facing miles and miles of a deadly firewall that is being fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds and aided by ridiculously low humidity.

A few minutes of calm must seem like a blessing to firefighters. But danger is everywhere. A gust of wind could blow a lit ember into their faces. Read full article »

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