My house was not endangered by the wildfires in California, but the smoke was (and still is) so excessive that my area suffered anyway. I escaped for a week to Utah, a 7 hour drive east, and it took 4-5 hours of that trip before the basins of Nevada were clear of smoke. Even in Utah, the sunsets had streaks of smoke. I returned via LA, so I passed through the western Mojave where the fire near Sequoia National Park was spewing soot. The wind turbines near Edwards Air Force Base had a distinctly different look than normal.