by Lester Holt
Good afternoon from New York. Not in a million years could I imagine the first hint of our lead story would come in a recorded message this morning from my son's University. The voice was advising students and faculty to leave their dorms and make their way to the campus center and gym. I'm happy to report my son is fine, but he and his classmates at Pepperdine University are being "sheltered in place" as a dangerous wildfire burns through the Malibu area. Numerous structures have been either destroyed or are in danger. The fire is being pushed along by the infamous Santa Ana winds, reaching speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. NBC's Chris Jansing is on the scene for us and will have the latest in a live report, and Gary Archibald from NBC Weather plus will be on with us tonight to talk about when the area may see a break from the dry and windy conditions.
Speaking of dry, Ron Mott continues our coverage of the dire drought situation in the south, and how it is already taking a toll on small businesses.
Overseas, Tom Aspell will report on the tense situation along the Turkey-Iraq boarder after Kurdish rebels ambushed Turkish soldiers today, killing 17.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell will also join us to talk about the rising concern over the situation in Washington, and what the Bush administration is doing to try and head-off a Turkish military response.
Those stories and more are coming up tonight, on NBC Nightly News. Thanks for checking the blog. I'll see you this evening.