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

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, OER presented emergency air monitoring information to several districts around California. The packet and presentation materials can be found below:

2nd International Smoke Symposium

    When: November 14, 2016 to November 17, 2016
    Where: Long Beach, Ca
The International Smoke Symposium brings together researchers from the atmospheric sciences, the ecological sciences, mathematicians, computer sciences, climatologists, social scientists, health professionals, smoke responders and other groups to discuss the complex issues of wildland fire smoke. The symposium will assist in the identification of knowledge gaps and provide opportunities for innovation and development.

More information regarding the 2nd International Smoke Symposium can be found at this link.

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:

This page last reviewed April 28, 2016.

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.