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Climate

9 Startling Photos of the East Coast Engulfed in Smoke

The skies are orange, purple, brown, and grey.

New York City.
Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

The wildfires raging across eastern Canada have produced a mass of smoke and haze that has covered a wide swath of that country and the eastern United States — a clear indication that when it comes to natural disasters, borders are irrelevant. Here are some particularly striking photos of the skies in the affected area; we'll continue to update this page as more become available.

Frostburg, Maryland.Frostburg, Maryland.Camnet

Brigantine, New Jersey.Brigantine, New Jersey.Camnet

Skaneateles, New York.Skaneateles, New York.Matt Champlin/Flickr

New York City.New York City.Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in New York City.Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

Visitors at Summit One Vanderbilt look out at Manhattan.Visitors at Summit One Vanderbilt look out at Manhattan.David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

Belleville, Ontario.A visitor information display in Belleville, Ontario.Paul Lantz/Flickr

Washington, DC.Washington, DC as seen from Arlington, Virginia.Win McNamee/Getty Images

The setting sun.The sun sets in Point Phillips, Pennsylvania.Joan Zachary/Flickr

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Jacob Lambert

Jacob is Heatmap's founding multimedia editor. Before joining Heatmap, he was The Week's digital art director and an associate editor at MAD magazine. Read More

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