I tried to picture a big fire in jungles of Shomal once, but no matter how much I tried so many different settings on M mode, none of the pics appeared sharp and clear.
You might needed to switch to macro mode and bring it closer. I think I did so.
However, my A710 has an MF (Manual Focus) mode which allows to set focus distance (from the lens) manually.
live to burn...
are u ok?
i think u are burning in this fire!