Smoke Management Program Activities
Current and Archive
February 19, 2003

This page last reviewed March 10, 2009


Activities for the smoke management program are listed here. Additional events may be listed on individual Working Group pages. Further information about these activities can be obtained by contacting Bruce Oulrey of the Air Resources Board by email or at (916) 322-6155.
Current Activities

February 24, 2003 - Title 17 Public Education Working Group Subcommittee Meeting: Agenda

March 11 - 12 -
Smoke Management Training Workshop Course #375 -- This two-day workshop will emphasize policies, procedures, and techniques for conducting proper smoke management associated with prescribed burning.


Archive of Prior Smoke Managment Program Activities

January 2002

The Air Resources Board will conduct a public meeting on February 21, 2002, to consider reallocating $100,000 of fiscal year 1999 - 2000 Rice Straw Demonstration Project Fund Grant Monies to Broken Box Ranch. To obtain an electronic version of the public meeting notice, click here (MSWord97).


August 2001

A workshop to review proposed changes in funding criteria for the upcoming Rice Straw Demonstration Project Grant Fund was held in Sacramento on August 23, 2001. Release of the Invitation for Grant Requests is expected in late September / early October.


June 2001

The status of the Smoke Management Guidelines Program Implementation was considered by the Air Resources Board at a public meeting on June 28, 2001. To obtain an electronic version of the public meeting notice, click here (MSWord97) (PDF).

The 2001 Report to the Legislature - Progress Report on the Phase Down of Rice Straw Burning in the Sacramento Valley will be considered by the Air Resources Board at a public meeting to be held on June 28, 2001. To obtain an electronic version of the public meeting notice, click here (MSWord97) (PDF).                 

A Workshop to discuss the upcoming 2001 Report to the Legislature - Progress Report on the Phase Down of Rice Straw Burning in the Sacramento Valley was held June 5, 2001 in Colusa.


March 2001

The Smoke Management Guidelines for Agricultural and Prescribed Burning (Guidelines) were filed with the Secretary of State on March 14, 2001, and became effective as of that date.

The Draft of the 2001 Report to the Legislature on Recommendations for Ensuring the Consistency and Predictability in the Supply of Rice Straw for Cost-Effective Uses has been released for public comment (March 7 - 22, 2001). A workshop to solicit stakeholder input and comments was held on March 7, 2001.


December 22, 1999

A public workshop to consider revisions to Title 17, Smoke Management Guidelines, for the March 23 - 24, 2000, Board meeting was held on January 18, 2000, at its Sacramento offices from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The December draft revisions to the regulation can be viewed by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:

(MSWord97 - 166K) or (PDF - 144K).

You may also view a Summary and Overview of the proposed revisions by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:

(MSWord97 - 64K) or (PDF - 37K).


October 14, 1999

The draft revisions to the regulation can be viewed by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:             

(MSWord97 - 171K) or (PDF - 143K).


July 23, 1999

Preliminary Draft Regulation Available in Both Clean and in Strike-out / Underline Formats.
The ARB provided preliminary draft language to revise California's Agricultural Burning regulations. (Based on comments received during the past several months, another draft is being developed which will be available in advance of the upcoming public workshops.)

The draft revisions to the regulation can be viewed by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:            

(MSWord97 - 145K) or (PDF - 105K).


These same draft revisions in strike-out / underline format can be viewed by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:

(MSWord97 - 169K) or (PDF - 140K).


June 28, 1999

Announcement of July Workshops on Proposed Changes to California Agricultural Burning Regulations. The ARB held workshops in July in three locations in California to discuss proposed rule language changes to California's agricultural burning regulations.


April 26, 1999

Announcement of Joint Workshop in the San Joaquin Valley. On Monday, May 17, 1999, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., the ARB and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District held a joint workshop to discuss proposed changes to regulations governing agricultural burning in California. The attachment referenced in the joint workshop announcement is the ARB smoke management concept paper which can be found below (see Concept Paper Now Available). The workshop announcement and meeting locations can be viewed by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:

(MSWord7 - 46K) or (PDF - 217K).


March 8, 1999

A host of workshops were planned for late March through May, 1999 in several locations in California. We provide here the invitation to these regional workshops plus the schedule and agenda for these events.


Concept Paper Now Available - To better inform the discussion at the workshops, the ARB has developed a concept paper which describes the proposed changes. The concept paper can be viewed by clicking on one of the two format options identified below:

(MSWord7 - 39K) or (PDF - 27K).


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