Guest Opinion by Rep Pam Marsh, Medford Mail Tribune, August 4th 2019

AQI 134: Unhealthy for sensitive groups.

I’m looking at this dispiriting air quality index reading for Ashland at 11 AM on Tuesday, July 30. The Applegate and Medford are worse: 157 and 160, i.e. unhealthy. By the time you read this, I hope you are seeing better numbers.

Actually, the word “hope” is not nearly strong enough. I have been hearing from many neighbors and friends for the past five days, since smoke from the Milepost 97 fire reached us last Thursday evening. They have expressed their feelings: fear, despair, and anger for starters. They want relief from the toxic overcast. They want to know who to blame.

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