It's been difficult to explain what the Station Fire looks like visually. Most of the time, fires in Southern California are accompanied by high winds, so the smoke and ash spreads throughout the Southland.
This week, there has been no wind. So the Station Fire smoke is pluming straight up and most days it's looked like a volcano eruption. Other than the fires, the skies are clear blue.
This photo is of the smoke from 40 miles away in San Pedro. The photo hardly does the drama of this justice.