That is not “a pretty picture”. It must be scary to be so close to the fire. Over here in Europe we had some forest-fires too. Especially in Greece, there were several fires. One island, Peloponnisos, was almost completely on fire. 15oo houses were destroyed.about 70 people killed. 4 villages were entirely wiped away. People have lost their families, their homes and their jobs. Many of them owned olive-orchards, lemon-orchards or sheep. That all burned down. One village, Olympia, was saved. That is a historical village, it’s where the Olympic Games started. Several European countries have sent help, like helicopters and planes, that can extinguish the fires. There is one particularly sad story that I can not get out of my head: There was this mother with four children, they tried to escape from the fire in their car, they were found dead, the mother holding her children in her arms. The thing is, that had she stayed in her house they would all be still alive, because their house was among those who were not affected by the fire.
Well, that puts everything in perspective doesn’t it, and then I worry because my windows aren’t cleaned!