PHOTOS: Aerial views over Gates reveal fire’s rampage

A worker starts the big job of cleaning up debris in Gates. The community was hit hard by fires on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, triggered in part by power lines toppled as high winds hit the Santiam Canyon. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

With smoke cleared, the patchwork of wildfire damage emerges in the territory around Gates. Fire swept through the Santiam Canyon on Monday, Sept. 7, displacing thousands of people and destroying hundreds of buildings. (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

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Photographer Ron Cooper and his wife Penny moved to Salem in 1969 to take a job as photographer at the Oregon Statesman (later the Statesman Journal). Their three children, Monica, Kimberly, and Christopher, attended and graduated from Salem public schools. Cooper retired from the Statesman Journal in 2001 but, has continued his passion for photography in many ways, including as a photographer for the Salem Reporter.