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Fire Ash/Soil/Debris Testing, Removal & Disposal

Stratus specializes in the assessment, investigation, and remediation of impacted ash, soil, sediment, and debris caused by fire damage. Impacted media may include contaminants such as:

•     Heavy metals (including lead),

•     Petroleum Hydrocarbons,

•     Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs),

•     Asbestos,

•     Volatile Organic Compounds, and

•     Dioxins and Furans.

Stratus has experience with both residential and commercial/industrial fire damaged structures, including sites located in remote, rugged terrain as well as within city limits.  We provide sample collection and analysis, transportation and disposal coordination and oversight, report documentation, and site closure in accordance with agency approval.

Our comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing projects in remote areas was utilized on a project in a remote area on United States Forest Service (USFS) land. The site contained degraded structures that had previously been tested by Stratus for lead based paint and asbestos containing materials. Both asbestos containing materials and hazardous concentrations of cadmium, lead, and zinc were found to exist. Prior to completion of a removal and disposal plan, the structures were completely destroyed in a wildfire.

Following the wildfire event, Stratus conducted sampling of ash and soil in the area of the burned structures and began oversight of ash and metal debris removal and disposal work. Ash collection bags were transported via helicopter to a loading zone due to the rugged terrain. The wildfire ash and debris testing, removal, and disposal was completed on schedule with the site being restored to conditions acceptable to the USFS.

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