"When the Santa Ana-driven fires came it was all a bit of a lark at first. Exciting and dangerous, but still just someone else's nightmare. But the lack of rain for over a year had set us up everywhere in SoCal for all kinds of trouble. And when the fires burned fiercely towards where I lived it ceased being something on the telly that was trouble elsewhere. Late in the day as I drove up the highway over the crest where the road falls away into my valley, I was met by endless clouds of smoke, a red sky, and an almost biblical-apocalyptic red sun. Amazing. To be see once in wonder, and hopefully never again."