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(KSL News) Federal officials want the public to know that the Milford Flat fire did not release radioactive dirt into the air.
The National Nuclear Security Administration says independent analysis on particles in the air captured near the fire showed no remnants from atomic tests present.
After the fire, high levels of gamma radiation were found in the air, and many suspected the flames had stirred up radioactive dust from atomic tests done decades ago.
However, the NNSA says the spike was likely caused by naturally occurring radiation being released from the ground and burning vegetation.