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Reader photo: From the ashes

Lee Prouty captured this photo of a pine cone bursting open after the heat of a fire on July 27, 2018. (Lee Prouty / Courtesy)

Lee Prouty has been hiking Spokane’s Beacon Hill for more than a decade. So, when he saw the smoke from the Upriver Beacon fire last month he was worried.

“I just love the spot,” he said. “When there was the fire there I was like, ‘Oh no.’ ”

On July 27 he hiked up the hill just as the sun rose to survey the damage. On his walk he stumbled across some unexpected beauty. Bright orange pine cones bursting open and releasing their seeds in response to the heat.

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