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Study Will Test Toxin Exposure Of California Firefighters

AP Photo / Jeff Chiu

A firefighter monitors a house burning in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned.

AP Photo / Jeff Chiu

(AP) - Researchers are studying whether firefighters suffered any toxic exposure in last month's deadly Northern California wildfires.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that researchers plan to take blood and urine samples from 200 firefighters for the study.

A cancer-research organization of the San Francisco firefighters' union is contributing $100,000 for the study. California state health officials and toxic-substances officials are assisting the work.

Wildfires that broke out Oct. 8 killed at least 43 people over a half-dozen counties in Northern California. Researchers say it's important to test for any exposure to toxins as soon as possible after the fires.

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