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Famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival burned by wildfire smoke

Ashland, Oregon -- where the festival takes place -- was cloaked in wildfire smoke from Oregon and California this summer.

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 12:55 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that brings tourists from all over the world to southern Oregon each year says it lost $2 million this summer because it had to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances due to wildfire smoke.

The organization will have an alternate indoor venue for its award-winning outdoor theater next season for smoky days and will shift its outdoor season back a week to avoid the worst of the wildfire season.

Festival spokeswoman Julie Cortez says the festival had to cancel 26 outdoor performances starting in July and running through earlier this month.

Ashland, Oregon -- where the festival takes place -- was cloaked in wildfire smoke from Oregon and California this summer. Some days, winds brought smoke from Washington wildfires to the town as well.

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