Up until the last year, I've lived in wildfire country for the last forty years, and unless you've been through a few evacuations in this kind of country, you really just can't imagine how fast flames can move during high winds - and even if you put 3,000 fire personnel on it, they are completely helpless. And it's always, always, always high winds. I still remember a small fire thirty miles away, thinking it's no problem for us, and then being evacuated because the fire had moved to within a mile of our town. Just. Like. That. And the only thing that saved our town was not the 3,000 firefighters, but that the wind shifted direction and sent the flames back over the 64,000 acres they had just incinerated and the fire had nothing left to burn.