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Rogue Valley Families Enjoy Rare Break from Smoke

For the last 45 days, many areas in the region have been watching the air quality go from bad to worse. Sunday, some of those areas saw a break from the smoke.

Posted: Aug 19, 2018 6:36 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. --For the last 45 days, many areas in the region have been watching the air quality get worse and worse. Sunday, some of those areas saw a break from the smoke.

It’s been a pretty long time since anyone has seen the natural color of the sky. Shannon Duran moved to Medford from Eugene this June, a week before her second child was born and just before the smoke became this summer's norm. But while learning to juggle having a newborn baby and a six-year-old she said she spent much of the early summer months inside.

“When we were ready to go outside and bring her outside that's when the smoke started. Of course we don't want to bring a newborn baby outside and even the little one, my 6-year-old, we didn’t want to bring her outside either. It was kind of hard because we were trapped in our home a while but we made the best of any blue sky,” Duran said.

Jason Brammell and his daughter, Justice, have also been trapped inside this summer.

"It's been horrible and we haven't really been able to go outside much. I play baseball and everything is cancelled usually. [Justice] hasn't been able to come to the park lately. She's been begging me but with the smoke and everything it just hasn't been so good," Brammel added.

Sunday, the skies cleared and staying inside changed for both of these families. Now that the air quality reached back to ‘moderate’ in some of the region, many families soaked up the sun and decent air.

"We are playing in the water, getting some sun and we enjoyed some shaved ice," said Duran.

“It’s very nice out here," Brammell added.

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