Far enough away not to be a danger. (and much farther away than last year's wildfire) Close enough to color the sky. I took this picture yesterday. The big billowing cloud is a thermo-cumulus cloud caused by the super-heated air from the fire, rising and then condensing and falling down again. (this according to our TV weatherman) The hazy brown over the hills is the smoke. Today, the brown stuff was more widely distributed. We had fine particles of ash on our cars.