Offstage fires prevent the usual onstage flames in Ashland

Summer visitors to Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival are used to the outdoor stage being on fire with drama. In fact, they expect it.

But this year real fires burning nearby have brought thick smoke to town, and all outdoor performances since Sunday (a relatively clear night, when these shots were taken) have been cancelled because of poor air quality

Mid day in Ashland.
Mid day in Ashland.

The bricks beneath a haze.
The bricks beneath a haze.

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