The other day we watched with interest a small plume of smoke coming up from the hills. Within a short time, it became a billowing cloud. We turned on the news. A grass fire sparked by lightning from a passing storm (that we had hoped would bring rain but didn't).
Suddenly my boss went hustling by, his coat and briefcase in hand. "I just saw my house on TV!" The flames were right outside his yard.
What at first appeared to be a small blaze, easily controlled, had turned into something more serious when the winds shifted and picked up. It burned about 300 acres before firefighters finally got a handle on it.
The boss's house was OK, as was everyone else's. But it was pretty scary for while there. There's a good picture in this Denver Post article of what a close call it was.
The next night we did get rain, the first decent soaking we've had in a while.