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Group rallies and marches against smoky summers

The start of fire season is causing some people to already be concerned about the smoke and terrible air quality that covers southern Oregon. A little more than a dozen people marched from Pear Blossom Park to Hawthorne Park hoping to change what others are beginning to call the “new normal.”

Posted: Jun 1, 2019 6:21 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The start of fire season is causing some people to already be concerned about the smoke and terrible air quality that covers southern Oregon. A little more than a dozen people marched from Pear Blossom Park to Hawthorne Park hoping to change what others are beginning to call the “new normal.”

"It's terrible. It is so hard on people's lungs. Those particulates get into our lungs, go into our blood stream,” said Scorched Editor Millie Carlton. “I don't even know how many letters I've gotten from people that said my health is now ruined because I can't breathe anymore."

The group said the smoke-filled summers do not have to be the new normal. The Executive Director of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities Nick Smith said we can't control the heat or wind, but we can control the fuel and brush that is in the forests.

"The solution is we need better forest management on these lands, particularly on the federal lands where we have very heavy fuel loads,” added Smith.

They hope with more rallies and marches like this the Oregon legislature hears them and begins making changes.

"This is a bipartisan issue. This is something that people of all walks of life should be able to embrace because we all breathe air,” Carlton said.

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