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Oregon Adopts New Smoke Management Rules

Crater Lake in the smoke.

Just talking about smoke from fires can make people uneasy in our region.  The last few fire seasons have featured smoke hanging around--at unhealthy levels--for weeks at a time. 

The state of Oregon just enacted new rules for its smoke management program, which deals with prescribed burns in the forest.  But the rules also have a bearing on notification of smoke from wildfires. 

Nick Yonker manages the Smoke Management Program for the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).  Michael Orman runs the Air Planning Program at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  They provide details on the new rules.  

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