At this very moment, we have wildfires being fought to the west, north, southwest, and southeast of Austin. I can smell the smoke in the air when I step outside, though it's lessening a bit--hope that means we can avoid an evacuation. Texas Storm Chasers is predicting a bad day for fires tomorrow as well, thanks to the dry conditions and the winds being stirred up by the "cold front" and Hurricane Lee.
My children are old enough to talk through this situation, but if you have young ones who are asking questions about the fires, Los Angeles Public Library has a page of books that might provide that information: http://www.lapl.org/kidspath/books/fire.html . Worth checking out!