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Haze Covering the Rogue Valley

MEDFORD, Ore. — A smoky haze is covering the Rogue Valley and has been since Monday.

The Department of Environmental Quality says it’s coming from fires in California, the recent fireworks, everyday pollution by cars, and summer vegetation emitting gas. A spokesman says older trees typically give off gases that produce a natural haze in the summer.

“Say if man had never been in the Rogue Valley here, you would still get a little bit of a haze off of the vegetation just because that’s what they do in the summer months,” explains DEQ Regional Manager John Becker.

The DEQ also says the haze will stick around till a wind pushes it out. A spokesman says it’s safe to do outdoor activities. Currently, the air quality is good in the Rogue Valley.