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Recovery

Even after a wildfire subsides, it can leave a long-lasting impact on the environment and even result in a public health crisis. Since the smoke produced by wildfires is usually a toxic mixture of gases and chemicals, individuals who reside in close proximity to the flames should avoid smoky conditions and limit their time outdoors. In addition, debris from destroyed homes can contain asbestos, which must meet strict disposal requirements. Water and sewage systems can also become contaminated, forcing officials to issue a “boil water” order urging individuals not to consume or wash items without boiling the water first.

A wildfire’s impact goes beyond air pollution and debris clean-up: while forests can certainly regrow following a major blaze, it’s not always the same forest that grows back in its place. The new vegetation that emerges can fundamentally change the area’s ecosystem, potentially threatening native wildlife and the human populations that it sustains.

Although wildfires pose a serious and deadly threat to humans, wildlife, and the environment, a strong, well-coordinated plan of action can mitigate the impact of these disastrous blazes. With a responsive supply chain supporting their efforts, fire departments and local officials are well-poised to swiftly and effectively extinguish dangerous wildfires.


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