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    Posted August 1, 2013 by
    Medford, Oregon
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    Wildfire Smoke Chokes Southern Oregon


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     palms911 is a 911 dispatch supervisor and former TV journalist in Medford, Oregon, where he shot this photo on July 31. He said smoke from the region's wildfires has blanketed the area for about four days now and is 'still with us, day and night.'

    'It does not go away. It's so thick you cannot see the surrounding hills. If you are outside for longer than a few minutes you start feeling a burning sensation in your throat. Local health officials are urging everyone, even people in good health, to stay indoors if possible and to wear a protective mask if they have to go out for any length of time. I have lived here more than 30 years and we are used to some smoke from wildfires most summers but this the worst I have seen it.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Several large wildfires burning in southern Oregon have choked the region's largest city, Medford, and surrounding areas with smoke for the past several days and there is no immediate relief in sight according to the National Weather Service.

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