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In the event of an emergency, contact:

California State Warning Center                                          (800) 852-7550
US EPA Region 9 Duty Officer                                            (800) 300-2193
CDC/ATSDR 24-Hour Emergency Response Center              (770) 488-7100

Current Emergencies

There are no current fires with major impacts in California. More information can be found at:

New fire related articles of interest:

California 2014 Fire Conditions Forecast (January 29, 2014) (pdf)
This document was created by the California Air Resources Board: Office of Emergency Response in support of a forthcoming 2014 Wildifre Air Monitoring Plan. The Office of Emergency Response (OER) is enhancing its air emergency response procedures and resources to better support local air distrcits. These enhanced procedures combined with additional resources will provide California with improved response capabilities and increased effectiveness during this wildfire season.

2014 Summer Assessment (January 31, 2014) (pdf)
This report was presented by Calfire Operations Division during the January 31st, 2014 CARPA Meeting. This presentation provides a projection of the upcoming fire season in California.

 Latest Information


Program Available: IASC/CARPA Spring 2014 Meeting, 4/30 and 5/1, McClellan


The steering committees for the California Interagency Air and Smoke Council and the California Air Response Planning Alliance invite you to the IASC/CARPA Spring 2014 Meeting.

Focus: Managing smoke impacts of wildland fire

Objectives:
  • Day 1, coordination protocol development: discussion of all elements of inter-agency coordination for smoke management in the 2013 fire season Ė what worked well and what might need further refinement. Result: input to a smoke management communication/coordination protocol to aid land management, air quality management, and public health agencies in the 2014 and future fire seasons.
  • Day 2, hands-on training: EBAM siting, set up, and operation; data management procedures; smoke impacts communication tools. Result: improved local smoke monitoring capabilities.

Detailed program

Dates and proposed times: April 30th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and May 1st, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Wildland Fire Training Center, McClellan, CA
Address: 3237 Peacekeeper Way, McClellan, CA 95652

WFTC web site with directions, maps, and lodging information can be found here

Background:
  • IASC meets annually to discuss air quality and smoke management related to prescribed burning activities. Information on past meetings and IASCís charter is available here
  • CARPA meets regularly to coordinate agencies that respond to hazardous air release incidents, including wildfires.
Questions? Please feel free to email Trent Procter

US EPA Air Quality Index

US EPA has released its revised breakpoints for the Air Quality Index (AQI). The Wildfire Smoke Guide is slated for updating over the two years. In the meantime, Table 3 (page 31 of the Wildfire Smoke Guide) has been updated so that the 24 hr averages reflect the new AQI breakpoints. A visual demonstration of the new 24 hr averages alongside the 8 hr and 1-3 hr averages from the Wildfire Smoke Guide is also provided.



Revised Wildfire Smoke Guide can be found in the Data to Message Toolkit

Revised Table 3 (excerpt from the Wildfire Smoke Guide) (pdf)

Visual representation of the 24, 8, and 1-3 hr averages for wildfire smoke (pdf)


Exercising patient triage   New Training Available!

The Environmental Health Laboratory Branch is pleased to announce to their emergency preparedness partners, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on-line training “Hospital Response for CBRNE Mass Casualties.”  This course was developed through support from the federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and offers a comprehensive overview for all emergency responders and first receivers on issues facing the health care response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events (CBRNE).

To take the training, please visit http://www.cdphhospitaltraining.org/.   More information is available here



CARPA Steering Committee meeting

The next CARPA Steering Committee Meeting is pending.  Materials for the current and recent meetings are below:



heat wave graphic

CARPA hosted a webinar Tuesday, October 2, 2012 to discuss recommendations for local governments on combined heat and air quality emergencies. Below are some of the webinar materials:

Overview of Combined Heat and Air Quality Events (pdf, 21.8 MB)

Ozone and Heat Chart for Schools (courtesy of Breathe California, Sac Metro AQMD and others)

Electronic bibliography of the public health impact of heat and air quality


Cal OES logo July 2013 new

Cal OES has posted their list of Training Opportunities for November 2013. Training and exercise opportunities are offered by a variety of state, local, and federal agencies for emergency response and preparedness.




Emergency Contacts for Major Air Releases in California (pdf)



 This page last reviewed November 13, 2013.

This website provides information about the California Air Response Planning Alliance (CARPA), a network of local, state, and federal air and public health agencies and resources joined together to improve coordinated response to major air releases and emergencies with air quality impacts.  The California Air Resources Board is one of the partners in this Alliance and maintains this CARPA website.

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