I just found out this morning that my former advisor who lives just outside of Ramona, CA has lost his house in the Witch Fire. He was able to get his kids and dog out but lost the house. His wife had already deployed to their research site on King George Island and is trying to get back. I can't imagine. They had a beautiful place in a small canyon.
I also found out that some friends that I met while leading them on my first trip into Torres Del Paine have evacuated from their Lake Arrowhead home. They are ok and they believe that their house is still there but they weren't sure.