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avatar Retardant comes under fire
August 13, 2010 04:44PM
More than 81,000 gallons of retardant were dropped on two of the biggest fires in the north state in the past two weeks. That kind of firefighting strategy is coming under closer scrutiny, though, as a federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to take a closer look at the environmental effects of dropping fire retardant on wildland fires.

http://www.redding.com/news/2010/jul/31/retardant-comes-under-fire/
avatar Re: Retardant comes under fire
August 13, 2010 07:30PM
They're mostly phosphates that quickly degrade to fertilizers. The red is iron oxide, just adds iron to the soil. Not much to worry about.
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