Sunday, May 10, 2009

What a Difference a Day Makes

Saint Barbara must have been watching over her city, as the marine layer came in and with it a respite from the fire. It's still burning on two fronts, and only 30% contained, but the danger on the ridgeline is past, and crews are getting the upper hand almost everywhere.

Two days ago the City canceled its "First Thursday" event, wherein folks are encouraged to come downtown and stroll past evening art and music events. Last night, in contrast, people just spontaeously came out. Restaurants were full, music was blasting from the patio at SoHo, and best of all the full moon rose silver-hued over the ocean, in contrast to the angry red we had been seeing. Most of the evacuation orders are lifted, and people are going home.

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