Hot debate: How to avoid an Oregon fire season like 2017

The smell of wildfire became inescapable last summer in Eugene and Springfield, with smoke often choking the cities. Fires burned to the east, south and north, so even changes in the wind didn’t offer relief for some stretches.

The terrible air quality — the worst levels recorded in Eugene-Springfield in about 30 years of record-keeping — stole about two weeks worth of summer days, including Labor Day, created a health hazard for people with breathing problems and caused schools to cancel some outside sports.

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