Winter here is cold and very, very dry. The air constantly smells of burning and ash rains from the sky as farmers and property owners everywhere take the opportunity to burn their fields. It's odd to me as wildfires back at home are considered dangerous and unpredictable, but you often see huge blazes that have been set and no one is watching them, making sure they don't spread.
Yesterday, a wildfire was dangerously close to our property. It came all the way down our driveway, but other than turning on some sprinklers there isn't much else we could do, no one to call. Makes me miss 911! Fortunately, the fire skirted our grass and eventually burned itself out.