The 1988 highway death of a family in Oregon, blinded by smoke from fields being burned for weed control, was a story so moving that it spawned a novel. Field burning is so common in Oregon that it threatens people's lungs and health. A legislative struggle to ban it remains unresolved.
Camilla Mortensen reports for the Eugene Weekly June 18, 2009.
Source: Eugene Weekly, 06/19/2009