ASHLAND, Ore-- The air we breath in our region can sometimes be filled with smoke from wildfires.
"When there is smoke here we get a lot of questions." said Brad Inman. He works inside the tourist booth in Ashland. "Obviously it's a problem for everybody. Both residents as well as visitors."
The past two summers have been very smoky in Ashland and the Rogue Valley. The air quality last summer was more than 200 at times. Ashland Fire and Rescue and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce wanted to do something. So they made Smokewise.
"The point of Smokewise is to get the health information and information on air quality readings at people's finger tips. So they can make decisions even on the hour what they are planning to do for the rest of the day." said Chris Chambers, the Wildfire Division Chief at Ashland Fire and Rescue. "Our businesses that are coping with smoke, all the organizations in town, school districts, the YMCA and the universities."
Chambers showed Newswatch 12 everything the website has to offer. The air quality in Ashland, the fires in our region. Also how to prepare for wildfires. "For anyone that might be new to the area or for anyone that has lived here their entire life, this is a great one stop shopping website for smoke and wildfires. It will take you to all types of information that you need." said Chambers.
'Well I think it's a great idea. not only for our visitors but for us as residents to keep on top of what's happening." said Inman. "Plus Inman says its great that anyone can get their hands on it quickly. "We are all hoping for a season that's got less than we've got in previous years." said Inman.
Here is the website that Ashland Fire and Rescue, the City of Ashland, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, Asante Ashland Community Hospital, Jackson County Health and Human Services, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University.