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n July 17, 2018, fire broke out in Central Oregon. 78,425 acres are burned over the course of 7 days. The devastation makes a lasting imprint on the land and people. A local farmer from the town of Dufur loses his life while digging a fire line to save his neighbor's property. On the same day as the fallen farmerâ€™s memorial service, the nearby town of Shaniko (Pop. 36) hosts its annual summer festival. Both communities are celebrating life in different ways. The Shaniko festival is a celebration of a bygone era, with participants dressed as cowboys participating in black powder gun fights. Fire Season brings the reader into the summer of what has been referred to by local people as the worst period of wildfires ever seen for this region. These photos aim to give the reader a perspective of how dichotomously fragile and strong life is for rural communities in Oregonâ€™s high desert.
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