A raging wildfire that continues to burn in California has turned the Los Angeles skyline into an apocalyptic sea of smoke, and the flames have doubled in size in the past 24 hours, destroying 22,000 acres of land. According to the latest reports, the blaze is at 20 percent containment and a total of 18 family homes have been gutted in the areas of Sand Canyon, Bear Divide and Little Tujunga.

Planes and helicopters have been dispatched to drop water and retardant on the blaze that has blackened more than 34 square miles of brush on ridgelines near the city of Santa Clarita and the Angeles National Forest.  The bad news is that 300 miles up the coast, crews are battling another blaze spanning 10,000 acres (16 square miles) north of the majestic Big Sur region.