It was a very mild winter here in New Mexico, so instead of all the plants freezing and blowing away, they kept growing until they ran out of water, and then the turned to brush. That makes for a lot of brush out there, outside the city. Dry bush. Extremely flammable dry brush.
And today, one of the first warm days in a while, it caught fire, fanned by great big windstorms.
Dust and smoke. Ugh.
So I'm back to coughing up special effects! I think I'll go stand in the shower for a while. Note to self: don't bring the laptop.