Forest fire smoke chokes region

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  • Spencer Butte
  • Satellite image
  • Burnout
  • Smoke on Hwy 242 September 17
  • Smoke as seen from Walterville on September 17
  • Smoke as seen from Vida September 17
  • Pole Creek fire camp September 17
Some of the smoke comes from a firefighting practice known as "burnout." Crews use a controlled fire to burn up fuels in advance of the wildfire, robbing the marauding flames of fuel. Photo by Trevor Shipley