Originally Published: July 1, 2016 6 a.m.
Sgt. Brent Kimbriel of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office got a little too close to a slurry drop made at the Bug Creek Fire Tuesday, June 28. Kimbriel was notifying Cordes Lakes residents of the order to evacuate when he was doused with fire retardant. (See additional Bug Creek Fire coverage links below.)
What is "Slurry" Fire Retardant?
- A composed of various salts found in fertilizers, such as Ammonium Phosphate and Ammonium Sulfate
- Can be a wet or dry mix
- May cause allergic respiratory reactions or irritate your respiratory tract
- May cause eye and skin irritation
- Do not ingest
- Pets should be kept away from fire retardant
- If you come in contact with fire retardant, protect your respiratory tract by covering your mouth and nose with a handkerchief leaving enough room for ventilation
- If you intend on power washing your home keep in mind water based solution and will become very slick
- When enough water is added, fire retardant dissolves
- Retardant will not harm the vegetation around your home