It's been raging for almost two weeks, but it seems that the massive Sierra Nevada Rim Fire is not about to fizzle out any time soon.
"My prediction is it will burn until we see rain," Hugh Safford, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, told the Associated Press this week.
Already the seventh biggest in California's history, the fire, which has spread into Yosemite National Park, has consumed more than 190,000 acres of land so far -- an expanse of land about the size of New York City, according to NBC News.
In this stunning time-lapse video, at once both eerily beautiful and incredibly terrifying, the sheer intensity of this disaster is revealed through images of the blaze and the towers of smoke that it has been spewing into the air.
The video, uploaded to YouTube Wednesday by Yosemite National Park, shows various perspectives of the fire as seen from the park, according to the caption that accompanied the clip.
"The first part of this video is from the Crane Flat Helibase. The fire is currently burning in wilderness and is not immediately threatening visitors or employees. The second half of the video is from Glacier Point, showing Yosemite Valley, and how little the smoke from the fire has impacted the Valley," the caption reads.
According to the Los Angeles Times, firefighters may have the Rim Fire fully contained in about two weeks. As of Thursday morning, Slate.com reported that the blaze, which first sparked on Aug. 17, is about 30 percent contained.