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Rains good for ending wildfire danger, but bad for toxic runoff in burn zones

SFGate Friday, 10 November 2017
The recent rain that put a welcome end to wildfire season in badly burned Northern California has a downside: toxic runoff. While no major problems have been reported in Wine Country, which was hit this week with its biggest storm since last month’s deadly fires, hundreds of workers are on the ground to prevent the remnants of scorched homes and hillsides from washing into creeks and reservoirs - and ultimately the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Water officials fear that heavy metals and other pollutants, as well as large doses of dirt, could muck up water supplies for both humans and wildlife.
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News video: Rain Prompts Concerns Of Runoff In Wildfire-Ravaged North Bay

▶ Rain Prompts Concerns Of Runoff In Wildfire-Ravaged North Bay 01:43

Officials in the wildfire-ravaged North Bay are watching for toxic runoff and taking precautions as rain arrives in the region. Jessica Flores reports. (11/9/17)

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