Nelson: Smoky summers are a recent phenomenon

Gary Nelson, Mail Tribune Editorial, August 23 2017

As we suffer through another smoky August, the sun an orange disk and the air hazardous to breathe, my mind wanders back to the days of my youth.

I grew up in Medford in the 1960s and ’70s, and try as I might, I can’t recall wildfire smoke blanketing the valley as it has nearly every summer for the past several years.

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