Smoke lingering in a valley. (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons)

Oregon’s Smoke Management Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 30, in Salem to discuss smoke intrusions, prescribed burns and to get an update from other state officials.

The five-member committee was created by the Legislature in 1989 to advise the Oregon Department of Forestry on its Smoke Management Plan. The plan seeks to allow necessary burning while keeping smoke out of sensitive areas, protecting public health and complying with federal and state air quality requirements. 

At the upcoming meeting, the committee will receive a report from the Department of Environmental Quality on monitors, grants, cost-sharing and other items. They’ll also hear from the Oregon Department of Forestry on financial issues and how communities are implementing the Smoke Management Plan. 

Public comment will be taken by the committee and the meeting's full agenda can be viewed here.  

The meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting Shauna Morris at 503-945-7529.

Meeting details: 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Tillamook Room in Building C on the campus of the Oregon Department of Forestry, located at 2600 State Street in Salem. 

Council members: Dave Cramsey, Gregory McClarren, Scott Hanson, Rick Graw, Jason Simmons. 

Contact reporter Jake Thomas at 503-575-1251 or [email protected] or @jakethomas2009.