Ames Fire Update on Air Quality

Release from Unified Command, via Wood County 911Press Release

At present officials are conducting air quality testing as well as lab testing of sample fallout materiel taken from the Parkersburg and surrounding areas.Until these samples are examined the substances contained within the smoke cloud is determined to be safe or not we would strongly suggest avoiding exposure to the smoke and its byproduct. The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for conducting this testing.We are also getting reports of particle fallout material in locations in Williamstown and Marietta. These particles can be harmful to the respiratory system. Once again we would strongly advise not to expose yourself to these particles.Initial air monitoring testing completed in the immediate and surrounding area of the fire scene shows air to be within acceptable quality limits. Please keep children indoors and cancel or postpone all outdoor sports and activities until tests are complete. Your safety is paramount and we are working towards obtaining the information that is needed to ensure it.4:50 PM, 10/21/17