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Community Smoke Response Plans

Prescribed burning and wildfire can send smoke into communities around Oregon, which may impact public health. So, the Department of Environmental Quality has been working with communities around Oregon to develop community smoke response plans.

Lauren and Dylan talk with people from Smokewise Ashland, a local collaborative working group ground in Southern Oregon, which has been operating a community smoke response plan for years.

Margaret Miller, DEQ’s air quality planner and forester, sets the scene for the episode. Ashland is one of five communities with a community smoke response plans in place, and four other communities in Oregon are working on plans.

“These plans develop really in-depth communication strategies so people can make informed health decisions,” Miller said.

The voices in the episode are:

This episode comes as part of Smoke Ready Week on the day dedicated to learning about smoke and your health. During Smoke Ready Week, DEQ and other public agencies and organizations around the Pacific Northwest share information on how smoke impacts health and what actions people may take to reduce their exposure to smoke.

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Links for resources in Ashland.

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