As of five hours ago the fire was just under 37,000 acres, and was still 0% contained. 1/3 of all mobile US firefighting units have been deployed to fight this fire, and some National Guard units as well.
The fire is now about 3 miles from my mom, and she could see the flames two ridges over when I spoke with her this afternoon. We have friends whose neighborhood has been reached by the fire, but there is a trench around it, and only one home was lost so far in that neighborhood. 100 structures have been confirmed destroyed so far. There could be more, but since fires like these tend to jump around a lot it isn't safe enough to go in and do a proper check. There has been one confirmed casualty, but the name and location haven't been disclosed to the media yet.
My boss asked if I needed to go back to Colorado to be with family, and I told her no. I mean, what could I do there? Unless the evacuation order was given I'd just be sitting around with my mom and pets, waiting for the reverse 911 call and breathing in ash and smoke. If the evacuation order was given I'd just be another person evacuated to a shelter or friend's house.
I have to keep reminding myself that even if she does get evacuated it doesn't mean that her house is gone. Many times it's just a precaution. I know several people in remote areas quite far from the fire who had to evacuate simply because if the fire were to start heading in their direction they would have no means to evacuate later. Some of those canyon roads go for *miles* without running into a cross street or another street that isn't a dead end.
So yeah, that's where we're at. Watching and waiting and praying.