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Mottville fire – No health-related concerns

Local health officials say there is no concern to the general population for any health-related hazards or risks associated with lingering smoke from last week’s Mottville Township fire.
The fire at Green Stream Recycling began June 26 and has affected an area of about 15 acres.
Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been in contact with the Kalamazoo district office of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s air quality division regarding the potential health effects of the fire, agency officials said.
DEQ investigators said smoke has increased the particulate matter count, however, and that can be an issue with people who suffer from asthma or similar pulmonary issues. Those with pulmonary sensitivity are urged to remain indoors in areas where smoke is visible and to limit outdoor activity in areas even remotely affected by the smoke.
Residents are advised to limit prolonged outdoor activity in areas that are visibly smoky.

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