At about 3 o'clock this afternoon I heard that the fire in Griffith Park wasn't anywhere near the observatory and had been contained. I didn't think anything more about it. What a surprise I got on my way home.
From my vantage point on random street, the fire appeared to be blazing full speed ahead--in every direction. I was stunned into pulling over with camera in hand when I actually saw flames... and how far down the mountain they had come... and how far east it had spread.
600 acres later...
It's well after midnight now and I'm still hearing plenty of sirens and helicopters.
Here are a few more pics. I took more when I got home, but by then it was really dark and most of those didn't turn out. I'm a terrible live photographer anyway and I'm not sure of anything harder to shoot that a fire. A moving racecar might be easier.
CBS2.com has tons of fire coverage and reports that the zoo has been evacuated and animals are secure. The people too.