With just a little smoke! That’s coming in from the west (left) and barely visible in this shot, but later it would completely obscure the view. I don’t even know which forest was burning. Take your pick in the Southwest this summer.
The truth is that fire is natural to these places. Lightning sets it off like crazy when the woods are dry. Eventually the forest grows back, sometimes with different species of trees and animals. It may take many years, but the Earth is very patient. Every microbe, insect, lizard, bird, ungulate, carnivore and plant has a role to play in the living web of life, amen. That all makes perfect sense. So why are forest fires such a big deal? Because we are in the woods.
You never hear a deer complain. They just run the hell away or die. We’re the rocks in the stream. The ones with no respect. Why do you suppose that is? What the hell are we doing here? Who or what are we? Take your time, this stuff takes millennia.