Less beautiful were views of the Pole Canyon and Bald Mountain fires, although I'm not sure we could see the latter directly. Note the cumulus sitting on top of the smoke plume, a likely reflection of heat and moisture from the fire.
Some of you have asked about how dry it is. I will focus first on precipitation. For the first half of September, we've had a trace of precipitation at the Salt Lake City Airport. Such dryness is not exceptionally uncommon. Going back to 1875, there have been 13 years with no precipitation, 16 years with trace, and another 18 with .05" or less of precipitation in the first half of september. Basically, you have 47 out of 145 years (31%) in which the first half of September yielded only .05" or less of precipitation, so a dry run to start the month is not exceptionally unusual.
However, what is making for a remarkably dry scenario is the below-average snow last winter, the below-average rainfall this summer, and the above-average temperatures. In the case of the latter two, the airport has only had 0.74" of precipitation since June 1st, which is the 7th lowest on record. Temperatures since June 1 have averaged 77.8˚F, which is the 7th highest on record. It's a double whammy for drought to have both poor precipitation and abnormal warmth.
The entire state of Utah is in moderate to exceptional drought. Most of the western U.S. is abnormally dry to worse.