Monitoring wildfire smoke helping tourism

MEDFORD, Ore. – People have more options to now check smoke levels before they plan outdoor activities in the Rogue Valley.

Travel Southern Oregon has placed new smoke monitoring devices around the region and is uploading the data to its website. This project is to inform locals and tourists on what areas are smoke-free as Southern Oregon continues into fire season.

“We’ve really kind of forgotten one of the greatest assets we have and it’s outdoor recreations. Southern Oregon is a phenomenal outdoor recreation destinations,” said Executive Director of Travel Southern Oregon, Brad Niva.

The new wildfire smoke monitoring system is the first to unveil in the nation. The funding for the new monitors came from Travel Oregon.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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