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 EmergenciesThere are no current fires with major impacts in California. More information can be found at:
- California Smoke Information Blog
- CAL FIRE Current Incidents
- Fire Information Map - PFIRS
- Federal Interagency Smoke Management Site
- Interagency Incident Information System (Inciweb)
- How to Request Emergency Air Monitoring Support from the ARB: Office of Emergency Response
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.
California Wildfire Smoke Response Coordination
The California Wildfire Smoke Response Coordination outlines the collaboration tools developed over the past several years by federal, state, local, and tribal agencies who have been involved in wildland fire smoke air monitoring and responses in California. The documents purpose is to provide useful information and resources to agencies seeking assistance in protecting the publicís health from the impacts of smoke during catastrophic fires. The document is not intended to be an official guidance but rather serve as a dynamic roadmap and tool for wildfire smoke response coordination in California.
This document is prepared under the auspices of the California Air Response Planning Alliance (CARPA) and the California Interagency Air and Smoke Council (IASC) and reflects the proceedings from the inaugural joint workshop held by these two organizations on April 30 - May 1, 2014 at the Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento, CA. It was also developed in collaboration with Californiaís neighboring states Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon who are also in various stages of developing similar smoke response coordination programs.
IASC/CARPA Spring 2014 Workshop PowerPoint Presentations
Below are the presentation slides from the Interagency Air and Smoke Council/CARPA Spring 2014 Workshop held April 30th - May 1st:
- 2013 Air Monitoring Coordination
- 2013 E-Bams for Emergency Response
- IASC Interagency Coordination Data Analysis
- Sampling Plan and Coordinated Monitoring
- Wildfire Smoke Health Metrics and Messaging
- Winter Drought 2013-2014
- Public Information Coordination
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)
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.
The next CARPA Steering Committee Meeting is pending. Materials for the current and recent meetings are below:
June 2013 Agenda (pdf)
May 2013 Agenda (pdf)
March 2013 Draft Minutes (word)
March 2013 Meeting Agenda (pdf)
January 2013 Meeting Agenda (pdf)
January 2013 Minutes (pdf)
December 2012 Meeting Agenda (pdf)
December 2012 Minutes (pdf)
Current Steering Committee Roster (pdf)
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 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.
This page last reviewed February 11, 2015.
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.