kono michi ya iku hito nashi ni aki no kure - this road/without people passing by/end of autumn
秋 aki, autumn, comprises the character 火 hi, fire. That is because the fields of rice are traditionally burnt in autumn. Though I see in this character the fire of the colour of autumn leaves. Maple trees do seem to be on fire.
Momiji symbol on a bridge in Arima:
Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum is a Japanese maple with red leaves even in spring: