We actually did some interesting things in Ventura apart from the fire, which I’ll get to shortly. Meanwhile, I did come across a couple of stunning pictures of the fire, from opposite viewpoints.
The lead-in photograph is a satellite picture of the fires that broke out on December 4. The Thomas Fire is the top one. It gives a great sense of the size of the fire and force of the winds.
The second one is not from space, but from the ground looking up. Looks to me like it was taken at dawn on the first full day of the fire (December 5):
The islands off the coast look like West Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. The lights are, I think, from offshore oil platforms. Scary stuff.