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Wildfire in Washington Threatens Historic Mission

EMSL Analytical is the nation’s leading provider of smoke damage testing services.


According to the Huffington Post, a fire that ignited in Omak, Washington last week has destroyed over 1,000 acres of sagebrush and grass, and is threatening the historic St. Mary’s Mission and a nearby school.

Officials have reported that winds in the area have reached 40 mph, causing the fire to spread over more land. Over 75 firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and other nearby agencies are working to build fire lines to protect structures, including the historic mission, from burning.

Currently, the fire is burning near State Highway 155, but the cause is still being investigated.

The Washington Post has reported that this year wildfires have burned over 8 million acres in the United States, as of the end of August.

“With the increased amount of wildfires in the United States, our laboratories have been busy analyzing smoke/fire debris samples in order to determine whether wildfires were in fact the source,” states EMSL’s Materials Testing Laboratory Manager, Eugenia Mirica, Ph. D. “EMSL Analytical is the nation’s leading provider of smoke damage testing services and offers fire debris analysis to help settle insurance claims for property damage caused by a wildfire.”

To learn more about testing for smoke damage, char, carbon black, soot, indoor air quality (IAQ), or other environmental issues, please visit, call (800) 220-3675, or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, food, and materials testing services to professionals and the general public. In addition, the company offers a large variety of air sampling equipment, sampling cassettes, and monitoring equipment. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. They include, but are not limited to AIHA IHLAP, AIHA EMLAP, AIHA ELLAP, A2LA, NVLAP, CDC Elite, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX Department of State Health Services, and multiple other state accrediting agencies.



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