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Take precautions when removing ash

A thin dusting of ash is unlikely to cause any long-term damage to gardens and plants.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 8:28 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 10:49 AM

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. 

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