Here’s why field burning is allowed in the Willamette Valley heat

With temperatures nearing or surpassing record levels and air quality warnings in effect, burn bans are commonplace. 

But there are still sometimes long plumes of smoke headed into the skies over Salem begging the question: Why?

“It’s a very visible activity, you can actively see it,” said farmer Kathy Hadley of the field burns that cause those smoke towers despite high heat and low air quality. 

“Fire is nature’s way . . .

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