The fire moves toward Mount Wilson, toward Acton and Sunland, but trails of flame still snake up the mountain behind Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Life (or at least a game of catch) goes on... I captured one of the many aerial drops of red flame retardant. The grain of this picture is actually from zooming in through so much smoke and haze. I took the picture standing on Raymond Hill. As the fire moved, we saw less flames from our vantage point. But there was smoke. Lots of smoke. Here, a shot from late morning. More and more smoke made mountains literally disappear.
The reason the smoke looks so much like cumulus clouds? A phenomenon called pyrocumulus clouds -- what happens to water vapor when it is affected by fire or volcanic activity.