Watching the iconic image of a California palm tree, which has always been synonymous with happy times spent with my family in Santa Barbara, consumed by flames brought tears to my eyes.
This year, California recorded the hottest summer in its history. The dried landscape became a perfect tinderbox. Whole hillsides ignited, with little to stop the advancing sweep of the flames.
From the Tubbs fire that devastated wine country to the Thomas fire currently blazing its way through SB county, this is the first time it’s hitting home. It’s MY family, MY friends being evacuated. I may be a loooong way from donning turnouts and fighting back but I can still help.
Tap the link in my bio if you’d like to help those affected by the Thomas fire or swipe to see other ways to contribute. (Video sent by my cousin in SB)