A cloud of smoke from a fire in Griffith Park billows over the park's hills in the distance. It is viewed from an elevated perspective. Below the camera's sight line, treetops line the bottom edge. A winding road emerges from the treetops at left. Just beyond it, cars park along the road's curve at the base of a hill. A small hill rises, off-center to the left, in the near distance. A trail stretches up its near side. To the right, another hill rises and extends beyond the right frame. Between the 2 hills, an opaque cloud of dark smoke occupies the upper right half of the image. The cloud thins as it extends to the left. In the distance at left, another hillside is visible beyond the thinning smoke.
Hills line a canyon that winds through the image from the lower left corner and into the near distance, just right-of-center. It sits below the camera's sight line. In the near distance at center, a ridge rises. Immediately behind the ridge, thick smoke billows and rises towards the sky. The film of smoke spans the upper half of the image.