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

Wildfire Emergency Sites

Latest Information and Upcoming Events

New CAPCOA Representative

Congratulations to Douglas Gearhart of Lake County Air Quality Management District.

Mr. Gearhart joined the Lake County Air Quality Management District (LCAQMD) in 2003 as an Air Quality Technician responsible for the monitoring program, permitted source inspections, and burn program inspections and enforcement activities. One month later, he was moved up to the Air Quality Engineer position for the LCAQMD followed by the Senior Air Quality Engineer position and Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer.

In 2008, he was appointed by the LCAQMD Board of Directors as the Air Pollution Control Officer. His current responsibilities include all District functions, including Budget, Toxics, Emergency Response, Monitoring, Compliance, Permitting, Engineering, and Enforcement. With these new responsibilities, he is still actively involved in field activities including all emergency response air monitoring activities. Doug has a MS in Geology, concentrating on environmental monitoring and remediation, from Eastern Washington University, Cheney and a BS in Geology from the University of California, Davis.


2017 Wildfire Smoke Air Response and After-Action Review
January 10th 2018

US EPA Region 9
75 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA

On January 10th, 2018 members of APCDs, AQMDs, US EPA, CARB, USFS, tribals and others met to review 2017's wildfire smoke air response. The two major topics of discussion were the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County and the LNU complexes in Solano, Sonoma, and Napa counties. Affected APCDs and AQMDs shared their experiences during the incidents and what they learned. Later in the afternoon, an open ended discussion was conducted covering topics regarding smoke mitigation, modeling, monitoring, coordination, messaging, and guidance. Finally, the group closed the meeting by discussing and prioritizing future needs.

For a copy of the agenda and logistics click here.

Below are the presentations and discussion minutes:

- October 2017 Northern California Wildfires by BAAQMD
- Thomas Fire and Air Quality by SBAPCD
- 2017 Wildfire Smoke Air Response and After-Action Review Minutes

Emergency Response Tools

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.

Air Pollution Control District Information


Current, Continuous, and Upcoming Training Opportunities

Cal OES Training Opportunities

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

The Public Health Foundationís TRAIN

TRAIN is a free service of Public Health Foundation and operates through collaborative partnerships with state and federal agencies, local and national organizations, and educational institutions. TRAIN Training Opportunities will keep you informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.

The Public Health Foundationís TRAIN Team would like to invite public health, workforce development, public safety, and emergency preparedness leaders to webinar demonstrations on TRAINís functions and features and how to post courses to TRAIN.

Historical Archives

IASC/CARPA 2014 Workshop PowerPoint Presentations
IASC/CARPA 2015 Workshop PowerPoint Presentations, Web Links, and Videos


2015 IASC/CARPA Workshop: Managing Smoke Impacts
May 13th and 14th 2015

California Air Resources Board/Monitoring and Laboratory Division
1927 13th Street Sacramento, Ca. 95811

Powerpoint Presentations, Videos, and Web Links:

May 13th
- CARPA/IASC: A Historical Look Back by John Kennedy (EPA)
- Drought Outlook by Michelle Mead (NWS)
- Fire Outlook for 2015 by Jana Luis (CALFIRE)
- Changing Climate and Living with Smoke by Leland Tarnay (USFS)
- The Fire Next Time Film by Kevin White and Stephen Most
- Review of 2014 Monitoring Results, Data Analysis Techniques, and NowCast AQI by Leland Tarnay (USFS)
- Review of 2014 Monitoring Efforts and Improvements for 2015 by Charles Pearson (ARB)
- Air Resource Advisor: After Action Review, Updates, and Enhancements by Leland Tarnay (USFS) & Dar Mims (ARB)
- Smoke Impacts and Public Health: Health Advisories and School Closures by Dr. Oldam (PCH)
- Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs by Ann Hobbs (PCAPCD)
- Smoke Health Metrics and Messaging by Karen Riveles (OEHHA)
- The California Drought: Forest Pests and Tree Mortality Film
- NowCast AQI for PM2.5 Overview by Adam Reff (EPA)
- PFIRS: Whatís New and Whatís Coming by Jason Branz (ARB)
- AirFire Monitoring Data Display Page Update by Leland Tarnay (USFS)
- AirNow Current Fires Page by Natalie LaGuardia (STI)
- AirNowTech: An Overview by Natalie LaGuardia (STI)
- CANSAC by Dar Mims (ARB)

May 14th
- Monitoring Plans and Response Coordination by Charles Pearson (ARB)
- Burning Season Expansion Ecology, Fuels, and Fire Behavior by Carol Ewell (USFS)
- Winter Meteorology: Dispersion Challenges and Opportunities by Dar Mims (ARB)
- Proposed Ozone Standard Update by Meredith Kurpius (EPA)
- Exceptional Events by Meredith Kurpius (EPA)
- E-BAM Beta Attenuation Monitors by Mac McDougall (ARB)

Link to the workshop agenda:

2017 IASC Workshop: Managing Smoke Impacts

2017 IASC Workshop: Managing Smoke Impacts
May 2nd and 3rd 2017

McClellan Wildland Fire Training Center
Room N117 - Banning Room

For a copy of the agenda and logistics click here.

Wildfire Smoke, A Guide for Public Health Officials, 2016, is now available !!!

The Wildfire Smoke, A Guide for Public Health Officials, which was last revised in 2008, is designed to help local public health officials prepare for smoke events, to take measures to protect the public when smoke is present, and communicate with the public about wildfire smoke and health. The draft has been updated with the assistance and expertise from a number of federal and state agencies. Please "test drive" this version during the 2016 wildfire season and send us feedback.

Wildfire Air Monitoring Response Coordination, Data Gathering and Management

In lieu of the annual IASC/CARPA Meeting, IAMS presented emergency air monitoring information to several districts around California in 2016. The packet and presentation materials can be found below:

This page last reviewed January 23, 2018.

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.