The photograph above -- which, in all its hazy, sweeping grandeur, could be from the Hudson River School -- was taken by Don Savage, standing in southwestern Colorado Springs, looking northwest to the fire's source.
The fire pictured above -- which is called the Waldo Canyon fire -- has destroyed 346 homes.
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Robinson Meyer is a former staff writer at The Atlantic and the former author of the newsletter The Weekly Planet.