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I began photographing the Centralia mine fire in 1976. My archives includes black-and-white images from 1976-81, and color images, mostly hi-res Kodachromes, from 1983 to 2003, when I switched to digital. The bulk of the color images are from 1983 and 1984, and include spectacular shots of the mine fire's effects, mainly steam but some actual fire when it came to the surface. There are also color portraits of Centralia residents, including most of the people involved in the fight over whether the town would be relocated. It eventually was, and there are images of the move-outs and demolitions. There is almost nothing left of Centralia today. Perhaps nine houses remain out of an original 400-500. Streets go nowhere; it is an eerie place.