EUGENE, Ore. -- As fires continue to burn throughout Oregon, experts offer recommendations on the best way to remove the ash that is covering yards, sidewalks and cars.
Here are some tips.
- Protect your lungs with an N95 mask.
- Don't use leaf blowers or vacuums because it can create dangerous clouds of ash. Instead, sweep gently or use a low-pressure stream of water.
- Move ash to low-traffic grassy areas so the grass can act as a natural filter instead of washing it down the storm drain.
As for gardens and other plants, a thin dusting of ash is unlikely to cause any long-term damage before the rain washes it away.