An editor called me the night before Labor Day four years ago to ask if I could work the next morning. Tens of thousands of acres were burning in Bastrop County, killing two, leaving many, many more homeless and seeking refuge in RV parks, and destroying hundreds of the pine trees that grew in the area. It was the biggest breaking news story I had covered to date, and the first time a reader thanked me and some other colleagues by name in a letter to the editor. More than a year later, volunteers planted Loblolly pine seedlings, though the trees aren't expected to reach their full height for another 20 years. You can find most of the Austin American-Statesman's wildfire coverage here. It feels all too familiar as so much of the West has burned this summer.