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Fire Retardant Aftermath of North County 2007 Fires

Original post made by TWhite, Escondido School, on Dec 17, 2007

When the wind blows in from the East and hits the walls and porous materials around the home, there is left a good 1/8 inch deep white powder substance. I can wash it away into the soil which eventually is absorbed, however, in the mean time, it is airborne. My household is experiencing eye irritation and upper respiratory issues.

My concerns is how to deal with the fall out of the chemicals used to put out the Witch Fires and other local fires. The winds pick these chemicals up and blow them into our community. There is no education on how to prepare ourselves to avoid health risks.

I called San Diego County Health Dept today and was transferred several times when I finally ended up with "Todd" who took down my concerns and said someone from the fire dept. would come out and check out the substance.

The local fire dept. quickly responded and left a message with the young man at my home that it was just normal cement perspiration. I have lived in this home over 12 years and this is the first time my cement is perspiring.

Can someone give me advise on whom/where I can take a sample of this substance and find out what this white powder is?

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Posted by Simon
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 18, 2007 at 8:56 am

If you live in College Terrace it's very likely to be the result of the drain replacement work going on throughout the area. Our street was just done and the work kicked up a huge amount of concrete dust from the excavation. I'm glad it's raining now and washing it away!

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