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Ash and debris from burned structures can be hazardous, particularly when particles are inhaled. Fire ash may contain toxic chemicals like asbestos, mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium. Other hazards like sharp objects and downed power lines are also present.
Government agencies are still assessing hazards and will be assisting with safe removal of ash, debris and hazardous substances from wildfire impacted areas. DEQ recommends that you do not disturb ash or debris on your property until after it has been assessed by hazardous materials response professionals.
Residents are advised to stay away from the sites of burned structures entirely. If you must visit a burn site, use extreme caution and follow this guidance:
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