• Mark White

2018 Wildfire Haze: Pioneer Square, Seattle


August 22 2018 at 7:22am. View down Main Street, looking east, in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.


This week I'm posting images from August 2018, during one of the area's most intense wildfire seasons ever recorded. Hundreds of fires consumed woodlands throughout the Pacific Northwest.


As the sun rose over Seattle on August 22, the sky took on a hazey, pinkish hue. Throughout many of the August days, the sun never fully broke through the wildfire haze. Compare the image above, taken at 7:22 AM on August 22, 2018, with the one below, taken almost exactly two years later, at 7:22 AM on August 23, 2020.


A new high-rise is blocking the sun, but otherwise a pretty close replica of the original shot.


And the rest of downtown remained in a filtered haze throughout the days.

August 22 8:35am. Looking south on First Avenue during the 2018 wildfires.

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