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Study of Fort McMurray homes after wildfire should give residents ‘peace of mind’: U of T researchers – U of T New

Despite devastating 2016 wildfires that turned skies grey and forced an evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., University of Toronto researchers have found no evidence of harmful levels of residual toxic substances in local homes.

Instead, their study of more than 60 homes in Fort McMurray found levels of contaminants comparable to homes across Canada.

The findings, which so far suggest no immediate health risks due to fire-ash exposure, were recently published in Geophysical Research Letters.

“That was the surprise – that even after this fire, we actually didn’t see higher levels of contaminants,” says Arthur Chan, an assistant professor in U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

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