My experience tells me it's the third week of June when fire-season seems to begin in earnest around here; that's next week.
Three years ago, on 20 June 2010, this happened:
The Schultz Fire. It was unimaginable.
It still is.
The editor of the Daily Sun, Randy Wilson, bumped into my friend Chris up on Waterline Road, which traverses the area most-devastated by the fire, last weekend. He wrote an interesting article for the paper about his ride.
Below, I've embedded a fascinating video that shows, in some detail, how Hotshots defend a house during a fire. It was shot this week, during the Black Forest Fire near Colorado Springs.