This is not Katrina.
We — Southern Californians, Orange County residents — are not surprised. We’ve seen this before (although, perhaps, not to this degree). We’ve felt the Santa Ana winds. We know about the drought conditions.
They — from area officials to the governor to the president — have not denied, delayed or pointed fingers.
And most importantly, our firefighters are performing tirelessly and heroically every step of the way.
The wildfires that have engulfed Southern California from Santa Barbara County to San Diego County, and which include more than 18,000 acres of scorched earth in Orange County, are, to be sure, a tragedy of epic proportions.