Wind whipped fire and smoke on Mount Miguel during the Harris Fire. Shot from Mount Helix in La Mesa.

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The lights in the foreground are Case de Oro and Spring Valley. Fortunately the wind shifted as the sun rose and those houses were saved from the fire.

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InstinctImages on August 27, 2008

Shot from Mt Helix in La Mesa CA looking towards the southeast across Casa De Oro and Mt Miguel. Taken on the morning of Oct 23, 2007.

Lutz P on July 30, 2009

Huh, really scary ...

InstinctImages on July 30, 2009

Fortunately the wind shifted and none of the homes seen in this pic were lost but it was definitely scary. CNN ran this as the lead picture for the web coverage of the fires.

AL1612 on August 1, 2009

Oh dear this looks really terrible and yet fascinating too.

Regards, Anette

Rafa...29 on August 1, 2009

very nice..!!

InstinctImages on August 11, 2009

AL1612 yes it was beautiful and terrifying to watch the wall of flames and such a relief when the winds changed and spared all of those homes!

Rafa...29 thanks for the comment :)

Greetings from San Diego California~

InstinctImages on February 5, 2010

Thanks for your comment Mira Plecko - it was very scary but fortunately the winds shifted and the homes in the shot were saved! It's amazing how powerless we are in the fact of nature's fury.

Greetings from San Diego California and thank you so much for visiting my gallery! -Bill

starMAN on February 6, 2010

scary...but awesome!

Conquilha on February 11, 2010

Sad but beautiful.....well done


aalccc on June 12, 2010


Alexandru Ioan on November 2, 2010

Amazing view! Good luck in the NPC.

InstinctImages on November 7, 2010

Thanks for the YS aalccc and thanks for your comments D. Alexandru Ioan Conquilha and starman79!

Greetings from San Diego California,


Artur Drogosz on November 11, 2010

Fantastic photo!!! LIKE

InstinctImages on November 11, 2010

Thanks arturo, it's always nice when someone Likes a photo :)



Guizel J.c on August 2, 2013

great forest fire



InstinctImages on September 14, 2013

Thanks guizel!

Cheers from San Diego CA


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  • Uploaded on August 27, 2008
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    by InstinctImages
    • Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
    • Taken on 2007/10/23 05:26:36
    • Exposure: 6.000s
    • Focal Length: 50.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash