Research Study of the Health Effects of the Wallow Fire on Apache County Residents

Smoke from the Wallow Fire hovers over a meadow near Tal-Wi-Wi Lodge in Alpine, Arizona.

Apache County homeowners may receive mail from Cornerstone Strategies, Incorporated concerning a study of how last year’s Wallow Fire affected residents. The Apache County Department of Public Health and the UCLA School of Medicine are studying the effects of the Wallow Fire on community health one year after the fire.

“It’s important that we consult with everyone who lives in Apache County, full-time or seasonal, so that we have a better understanding of how our citizens were affected. The residents of Apache County suffered a great loss during the summer of 2011 and this survey is an efficient way to involve our community in efforts to understand the health implications of our wildfire,” said Kellie Monterrosa, Division Manager of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Apache County.

David Eisenman, UCLA physician and public health researcher who is conducting this research is hoping for a high response rate. “It’s important that we hear from everyone who receives this survey whether they live here full time or part time and whether they feel they were affected or not by the Wallow Fire. The more people who respond, the more accurately this survey will reflect the views of the whole community.” Approximately 1,400 homeowners have been randomly selected to participate in a survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. They will arrive by mail during the month of July. Reminder mailings will be sent to people who do not respond to the first mailing within two weeks.

For more information, please contact Kellie Monterorosa, MBA, Apache County Department of Public Health 928-333-6444; 928-245-1171 (cell) or David Eisenman, MD, at UCLA School of Medicine 310-794-2452.

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