Colorado has about half a dozen forest fires burning at the moment so fires are constantly on the news. And even though none of these fires are threatening anyone I know or any property I own, it still breaks my heart to see people having to evacuate their homes.
Twice I've had to evacuate over the years I've spent in Colorado. Once during the Hayman fire, which is the largest wildfire in Colorado history, and again for the Waldo Canyon fire, which wasn't as big as the Hayman fire but it was the second most destructive fire in Colorado history, and it struck a lot closer to home.
Having lived through that it gave me a lot for empathy for people facing the situation of having to quickly leave their home, and most of their possessions to the mercy of nature, and firefighters stretched very thin against a towering wall of flame. Dealing with that can give you completely different outlook on life.
I would have to say that evacuating from those two fires went a long way towards helping me make a decision to become a full-time RVer. During both of those evacuations I lived in whatever fifth wheel I had at the moment in an RV Park in Colorado Springs until the flames were beaten back and we were allowed to return to our homes. And that taught me the value of having me, my family, and my possessions in something that could be quickly moved.
So here I am as mobile as a person can be with my only concern being for the safety of others. Knowing that me, my meager possessions and anyone that wants to accompany me, can beat feet at a moments notice and have a safe, comfortable, place to live until the emergencies over.