Fido and Fluffy are far more likely to survive a stint at the animal shelter today than 40 years ago. Population control and better practices by shelters and pet owners have improved the lot of dogs and cats.
Santa Ana winds left a path of destruction through California, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and other Western states. More Santa Ana winds are expected Friday.
Authorities said that the worst was likely over as growing flurries and falling temperatures stoked hopes that the remaining showers of ember and ash would die down.