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County's public health officer advises caution


Last updated 11/8/2007 at Noon

The ash created by the various October fires may contain hazardous chemicals, and San Diego County’s public health officer is urging caution when handling ash.

“The ash particle’s more than just the wood; it’s synthetic materials found in people’s homes,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public heath officer. “The best measure is to protect yourself from the exposure.”

Some of those materials may contain chemicals linked to cancer. The quantity and length of exposure would determine the threshold of causing cancer, and while there is no definite evidence that the ash...

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