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Local Public Health Emergency Declared For Douglas County

Photo of the Archie Creek Fire from the Archie Creek Fire Information Page
Photo of the Archie Creek Fire from the Archie Creek Fire Information Page

A Douglas County Public Health Official declared a local health emergency, this week, for hazardous waste left on properties from the Archie Creek Fire. 

Dr. Robert Dannenhoffer issued the order on Oct. 5. In the declaration he stated conditions due to hazardous waste and materials "may be exacerbated by the ongoing fires and upcoming rainy season and will continue until the conclusion of this local health emergency."

He called for the removal of toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive waste, including anything posing an imminent threat. 

On Wednesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners launched a temporary webpage for the free Wildfire Household Hazardous Waste Removal program.

Residents have until Oct. 15 to fill out a formallowing state contractors onto their property.

 Forms can be found on the county website and can also be picked up and dropped off at theDouglas County Public Works Department, located at the Douglas County Courthouse, and the Glide Wildfire Donation Center located at the Old Glide Middle School. 

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Melorie Begay
Melorie Begay is the Diversity Fellow for KLCC News. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.