This image is looking down Route 1 into the entrance to the valley of Big Sur. The Pacific Ocean is to the right and the Los Padres National Forest to the left. The village of Big Sur is just a few miles down the valley.
The flames have crested the hills from another valley further inland and are approaching Route 1. The persistant breeze off the ocean slows the advance of the fire. There are over 2,000 firefighters on the scene. As I was returning home I met a convoy of fresh firefighters and equipment on their wat to fight the blaze.