Those pictures are absolutely terrifying.
We live in Colorado, and fortunately the only effects we have seen are a film of ashy mid on anything outside, nice blood-red sunsets, and an early morning asthma attack that hit my wife when a smoke cloud shifted our way.
A friend of ours lost his large, beautiful house in the Lower North Fork fire a few months ago. They had literally about a half-hour to evacuate a few belongings and their pets, including two horses. Everything else, including a room full of mementos from a long and storied career in the USAF and defense industry, was lost.
Lest anyone think that this just happens in the forested mountainous regions, look up the Last Chance fire, which burned about 48,000 acres out on the plains a few weeks ago.
My wife and I are supposed to go on a short trip next week to Grand Junction, CO and Moab, UT. However, those plans are in jeopardy due to a fire near GJT that had I-70 shut down for a while today.
We can't get our usual torrential summer monsoon rains soon enough...