By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
It's a scorcher of a day here in Southern California. The local news forecast graphic on the 11 o'clock news last night actually read: SMOKY, SUNNY, HOT. The Santa Ana winds have died down, but the biggest of the fires have not. We're at a staging area full of spent firefighters; everybody's spent -- completely exhausted. This is an all-consuming emergency for this region. The air is bad today; I saw some tourists -- seniors -- in downtown San Diego wearing masks this morning. Some of the larger fires aren't expected to be put down until well into November.
Yesterday in this space we provided links to local television and newspaper coverage of this story. There is also a vast amount of additional information about the fires on the Web -- maps, images, video, blogs and other resources. Here's a somewhat random and by no means comprehensive list of related links worth browsing:
We hope you can join us tonight, as our own teams have worked awfully hard in the heat, smoke and flames to get this broadcast on the air. Thank you for watching.