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The Oregon Air National Guard took some amazing photos of the Oregon Gulch wildfire, which is currently burning east of Ashland. The pictures were originally shared on the National Weather Service's Facebook page.

The Washington Post reports that the clouds produced by the fires are known as pyrocumulus clouds, which form when intense heat on the ground causes air to rise quickly. This can happen during a wildfire or a volcanic eruption.

The Oregon Gulch wildfire is the largest in the Beaver Complex, which first sparked July 30 on the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument. The blazes are 30 percent contained and have burned nearly 37,000 acres in southern Oregon and northern California. There are currently 21 active wildfires in the state.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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