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A Smoky September in Oregon

A Smoky September in Oregon

Surreal images from the Pacific Northwest


Yaquina Head in 2019 and 2020.

Yaquina Head, Oregon. The left side features the area on July 4, 2019. The right side shows the same area on September 8, 2020.

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Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington. Composite by Abigail Malate.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 17:00

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- Wildfires are a seasonal expectation in Oregon. This year, however, high temperatures and extreme weather caused fires of extraordinary intensity. These conditions affected thousands along the West Coast, with devastating effects on local communities. Smoke spread across the continental U.S. as far as the East Coast. This month, we feature a selection of images showing the streets and skies of the Beaver State.


Salem during September wildfires, 2020.
Walking through a neighborhood in West Salem, Oregon, in early September, photographer Andy Melton captured this eerie sight. Sidewalks, cars, and rooftops were all tinged orange from wildfire smoke covering the sky. Check out the wide shot image for the full effect. (Andy Melton)

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