I noticed this post and wanted to push it back up, I am curious about this too. I used to have really bad nightmares about fire, even though i lived across the street from the fire station when I was little, mabe it was because I lived across the street from it. I was always terrified of fire until I started doing fire safety. It was so bad that when I had the option of learning glassblowing at RISD, I wouldnt do it. I really regret that. I feel like the fires at burning man are so controlled and carefully watched that it is completely different from a wildfire, but I did start to get scared when the man burned. It was so hot, and the crowd was so big, and I was right up front because I had been doing firewatch. I even skipped the temple burn. Even though I dont really have a fear of fire anymore, I had enough of big fires for a while. The dancers I do safety for kind of like that I have what is now a "healthy respect" for fire since I take doing firewatch very seriously. Oddly, I have never really been scared of torches or candles, just big fires, anything bigger thatn a burning barrel.
I took the road less traveled, and now I would like to go back and find the paved one.