Smoke from the fire doing a pretty fair impersonation of clouds
The timberline trail spirals on around the mountain
Toyed with the idea of composing a shot here, but Lola the dog was feeling territorial
As night falls, the source of the smoke becomes evident
The scale of the fire is slowly revealed as the sky gets darker
An inferno about the size of a mountain
Swirling winter clouds ride autumn’s cool night air into the valley, like circling predators patiently waiting for a flickering campfire to go out.
Detailed information about the fire can be found here: http://inciweb.org/incident/3249/