Wildfires & Smoke—A Study in Still Life by Janine Donoho

Washington State wildfires continue to devour our landscape with devastating effects to wildlife and human residents. We evacuated during level 3—returned to level 1 and severe smoke. Consider us relatively unscathed.

Those who valiantly fight these fires battle exhaustion and extreme hazardous conditions, even as three Forest Service people lost their lives and others are injured. Weeping as I write this.

Pictures speak the language best. Here’s the situation.

Wildfire map 8-21-2015 with 100 square miles burned since then.

Wildfire map 8-21-2015 with 100 square miles burned since then.

Wildfire at night

Wildfire at night

Smoke from space 8-23-1015

Smoke from space 8-23-1015

Valiant firefighters

Valiant firefighters

What a sunny day looks like today.

What a sunny day looks like

Trying not to inhale

Trying not to inhale

Our way out

Our way out

Subdued landscape

Subdued landscape

Acrid air

Acrid air & low visibility

Bunny grazing on groundcover in our driveway

Bunny grazing on groundcover in our driveway

When we can see Lake Osoyoos--2 days ago

When we can see Lake Osoyoos, it’s a lake of fire—2 days ago

Fawn with smoke in background

Fawn with smoke as backdrop.

Another flare up across the Canadian border--2 days ago.

Another flare up across the Canadian border—2 days ago

Too close for comfort on Hwy 97 near Tonasket.

Too close for comfort on Hwy 97 near Tonasket.

Rainbows in moderate smoke

Rainbows in moderate smoke—yesterday morning.

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