Rogue Valley Smoke Drives Business to the Coast

BROOKINGS, Ore. — An extremely active fire season this summer is pushing people in Oregon and Northern California to escape to the coast to get a breath of fresh air. Coastal towns like Brookings are seeing an increase in tourists visiting because of the smoke inland.

“When the fires started it seemed like the pace picked up immediately,” says Howard Jones.

You won’t find Howard Jones complaining about the busy season. The owner of the Sporthaven Marina Bar and Grill knows how quickly that can change. Last year looked a lot different for the town of Brookings. The Chetco fire, which burned more at

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