Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Down

‘Tis the season – the sun is red, everything has an amber hue, and ash flakes are floating down, making everything look like it needs some dandruff shampoo. As we come to accept that wildfire season in California is here to stay, we must learn how to manage the ash that comes with it properly.

‘Tis the season – the sun is red, everything has an amber hue, and ash flakes are floating down, making everything look like it needs some dandruff shampoo. As we come to accept that wildfire season in California is here to stay, we must learn how to manage the ash that comes with it properly. There are many conflicting suggestions for how to address this issue, but we will go over the best way to mitigate ash while being mindful of the environment. 

Don’t Be a Hoser

Many publications recommend watering your driveways and cars to get rid of the ash. We do NOT recommend this method. While it is a convenient option, it only displaces the issue elsewhere and is not an ethical practice. Hosing off ash will result in the ash ending up in waterways and the ocean, polluting them and further endangering local ecosystems. 

Stash the Ash

The best way to collect the ash? Grab a broom and bucket, and sweep the ash into the bucket. Wear a facemask and goggles to protect yourself, and for the protection of others, be mindful to not kick too much debris into the air. Then dispose of the ash into your trash bin. Your waste and recycling service provider will dispose of it properly. 

Thank You to Our First Line of Defense

Before you head outside to begin cleaning up all the ash in an environmentally conscious manner, we want to bring a couple more things to your attention. First, we want to express our most profound appreciation to the first responders fighting on the frontlines for us. They are working tirelessly to ensure we and our communities are safe and secure. Thank you, firefighters, and all other first responders! 

Wildlife Need Wildfire Help Too

Second, more often than not, wildfires happen in natural and undeveloped areas where most of our local animals live, leaving many animals displaced, frightened, exhausted, and likely dehydrated. If you see these animals, please stay away and leave them be. If you feel called, leave a bowl of water out for them. 

Gratitude and a Helping Hand

In these dangerous times, we need to all show appreciation and look out for each other. Stay hydrated, stay safe, and most importantly help protect the environment. 

 

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