The Orange Skies Exhibit


Take the Orange Skies virtual tour.

Record-breaking wildfires burned across more than 2 million acres of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West in 2020, stunning human inhabitants and costing hundreds of millions of dollars.  Climate warming and suppression of natural fire processes have led to conditions that favor more frequent and bigger wildfires in the future.

Colorado College students have begun a project called Orange Skies in an attempt to explore visually the far-reaching effects of smoke and flames of the 2020 fire season. Done as part of CC’s State of the Rockies program, Orange Skies looks at how we are drawn to the glowing smoky skies and billowing plumes rising from “megafires” into the atmosphere as the latest chapter in our complex relationship with fire.  This exhibit is an amassing of images taken of wildfires in 2020 as seen by residents from around the region, including firefighters, professional photographers and others who, in many cases, simply pulled out their smart phones and captured awe-inspiring spectacles.



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