Editor’s note: Wildfires are growing in frequency and intensity, threatening our landscape, our lifestyle and our health. “Smoky Skies, Altered Lives” probes how the upsurge in fire and smoke fueled by climate change puts us at risk, and how restoring the health of our forests could make a difference.

A kayaker paddles across Lake Union through wildfire smoke that obscures the Seattle skyline.

 

A woman walks across the Jose Rizal Bridge as a blanket of wildfire smoke obscures the view of the Seattle skyline.

 

Wildfire smoke obscures the view of the Space Needle and the skyline in a view from Seattle’s Kerry Park.

 

Jennifer Dravage of Seattle photographs the wildfire smoke obscuring the skyline in a view from Seattle’s Kerry Park.

 

A Washington State ferry navigates through a blanket of wildfire smoke, as seen from Seattle’s Kerry Park.

 

Wildfire smoke obscures the view of the Seattle skyline in a view from the Jose Rizal Bridge.

 

Wildfire smoke obscures the view of the Space Needle and the skyline in a view from Seattle’s Kerry Park.

 

Traffic heads east on I-90 as wildfire smoke obscures the view of T-Mobile Park, the home of the Seattle Mariners, in Seattle.

 

Wildfire smoke obscures the view of the Seattle skyline in a view from the Jose Rizal Bridge.

 

A pedestrian in downtown Seattle during the smoke that engulfed the Pacific Northwest this month.

 

A pedestrian makes his way through Seattle streets during the recent smoke wave.

 

Masked pedestrians walk through Seattle’s downtown as thick, hazardous wildfire smoke from historically large and damaging fires burning mostly in California and Oregon blankets the Pacific Northwest.

 

Interstate 5 near downtown Seattle during the recent smoke wave.

 

Tacoma, Wash. firefighters extinguish a brush fire along Interstate 5 (I-5) just south of the Tacoma Dome during rush hour.

 

Escardo (left, son) and Conrad (right, father) Martinez owners of Clean Cuts Landscaping, work at a home in Federal Way, Wash.

 

A Federal Express employee returns to his truck after delivering a package to a home in Federal Way, Wash.

 

Construction worker Tucker Ronde of the Cell-Crete Corporation works on the project of sealing up the Battery Street tunnel as he climbs in on Battery Street.

 

Two women walk their four dogs, three by leash, one by stroller, along Alaskan Way in Seattle.