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Concord: Ash/Debris Cleanup Advisory

Last updated: April 24, 2018, 9:41 am

The large structure fire in Concord consisted primarily of construction materials (predominately wood). Residents should avoid direct contact and inhalation of ash/debris that was produced by the fire. Residents may use a mild soap and water to clean up ash/debris. To minimize dust generation, residents should consider lightly dampening ash/debris prior to commencing sweeping activities. Swept up ash/debris may be placed in a standard household trash receptacle. Any towels or cleaning materials should be rinsed in a sink that drains to a sanitation sewer. Residents should avoid washing or sweeping ash/debris into storm drains, as this will result in pollution accumulating in nearby creeks and rivers.


Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is rare but often fatal lung disease transmitted by rodents, primarily deer mice. Humans typically get the disease by breathing small particles of mouse urine or droppings that have been stirred up into the air. Early symptoms such as fever, headaches and muscle aches appear one to six weeks after exposure. Later, patients develop breathing difficulties that range from cough and shortness of breath to severe respiratory failure. HPS was first identified in 1993.

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