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Ash will likely impact water supplies, but wildlife should be fine

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
A deer crosses Highway 33 amid the burned-out hills that line the road Dec. 9
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ash produced by wildfires has negative impacts on the water upon which both humans and animals rely.
According to officials with Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD), the degree to which the Thomas Fire will degrade water quality and supply depends on several factors.
“These include the extent, intensity and proximity of the wildfire, post-wildfire precipitation, watershed topography, and local ecology in how it relates to a reservoir,” stated CMWD Public Affairs and Resource Manager Ron Merckling.
Some of the potential impacts to Lake Casitas could be an increase in nutrients, dissolved organic carbon, major ions and metals in the water, he said.

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