Whether you like it or not, SoCal is a part of us. So, this one is going out to our lower half: stay safe, San Diego and SoCal.

Fueled by disgusting, freakishly warm Santa Ana winds, coastal and inland areas are on fire. La Gov declared a state of emergency last night for San Diego and seven surrounding counties. Work and school has been canceled; people evacuated. Ugh.

In a rare state of concern, we rushed to call our Hillcrest-based sister in San Diego. "Oh yeah, it sucks. But now I have work off today, so I might go to the beach," she reported back to us. (God, sometimes we fucking love you, SoCal folk!) It's nice to know that they're keeping their chins up, tanned.

Read more about it here and here.

Image: LA Daily News, Hans Gutknecht via AP