no one was hurt! it was finally contained at over 110,000 acres burnt. That bush was about 5 yards off the side of the road. I was on the other side of the road. I was afraid i wouldn't get my camera and tripod out of the car in time for the photo.
This is quite an amazing photo. Having had a brother who used to work on the forest fires in CA, i can well appreciate the dangers. You were lucky to get this, and glad that you got out safely. Wildfires can change direction so fast that you can't run fast enough to get away. The firefighters carry a small protection shelter that they put up over themselves in the hopes that the fire burns over them and keeps going. Not something I'd really like to contemplate doing.