It’s the uncertainty that has kept Howard Behar on edge. From the windows of his four-bedroom Bel Air home in Los Angeles, the entertainment lawyer can smell the smoke. From his neighbor’s home, which sits on a canyon rim, he’s seen helicopters dumping water on the wildfires below.
He and his wife packed a car with a few changes of clothes, important documents, and a few select family photos—just in case they’re ordered to evacuate.
“I’m exhausted. It’s been stressful and scary,” says Behar, 67, who has lived in the home since 2001. “You’ve got to sleep with one eye open because you don’t know what’s going to happen. … [Wind] can shift.”