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By John Wiley
A Friday flight with friends was cut short after we climbed in relatively clear air over SBA. From the La Cumbre Peak area, we got the sense of a Santa Barbara smoke surround. Heading back to the airport, we could see that even the "clear" area had a veil. Looking toward Ventura a plume poked through thick smoke blowing out toward the islands. The view toward Santa Ynez vanished into thick brown. Back at the airport, we hoped that friends and family in every direction are safe.