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Forest Fires Leave a Path of Destruction, Even Homes not Touched by Flames may have Smoke Residues

The environmental professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide testing solutions for properties damaged by recent forest fires.


During the past several weeks the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado has caused several deaths, forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and burned over 300 people’s homes and businesses.  Dozens of other smaller fires across the Southwest have also left a path of destruction for a number of communities.
People in many of these affected communities have been allowed to return to their homes and businesses to find out if they survived the flames.  Although many people will unfortunately find their properties in ruins, many others will be fortunate to find their properties untouched by the flames.
A number of these properties that survived the flames and don’t initially appear to have visible signs of the fire may still have indoor environmental issues.  Wildfire combustion by-products, including soot, char and ash, can easily infiltrate properties near these wildfires leaving behind smoke residues. 
Smoke residues can leave behind not only unpleasant odors, but can at times result in additional issues.  “Sometimes the visual proof of smoke infiltration is obvious, other times the evidence is quite subtle,” reported Derrick A. Denis, V.P. Indoor Environmental Quality at Clark Seif Clark, a leading fire and smoke residue environmental consulting firm.  “Those facing the probable consequences of combustion by-product residue in their properties may require testing to determine the extent of its presence, to determine a reasonable scope of cleaning and to assist with the insurance claims process.  CSC has the expertise to help in all of these areas.”
CSC recently sponsored an educational video about indoor environmental concerns after a fire that can be seen at:
To learn more about fire and smoke residue services and other indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, or health and safety issues, please visit, email or call (800) 807-1118. 
About Clark Seif Clark (CSC)
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) issues.  CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.


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