An exhibit at our Natural History Museum shows artifacts from the San Diego Wildfires of October 2003 where over 2500 homes burned down. I lived far enough away from these fires to not have to evacuate, but I stayed inside for several days because of the smoke and ash in the air. During the summer and autumn it is usually hot and dry here in San Diego. Unfortunately, these conditions along with what we call Santa Ana winds are perfect for the spread of wildfires. Over the last few days, two huge wildfires east of Los Angeles merged into one fire. We hope for rain.