Interagency Air and Smoke Council Activities

This page last reviewed April 8, 2015

The Interagency Air and Smoke Council (IASC) is established to provide a forum for air regulators, land managers, and fire managers to discuss air quality and smoke management issues in California. If you are an IASC member and would like to add information to this page, please contact Dar Mims at (916) 322-7454.

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2015 IASC/CARPA Workshop

Please Register for


2015 IASC/CARPA Workshop: Managing Smoke Impacts

May 13th and 14th 2015 (9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

California Air Resources Board/Monitoring and Laboratory Division:

1927 13th Street Sacramento, CA 95811

Through a combination of lecture, group discussion, and hands-on training, participants
will learn about different methods used when managing smoke created air quality impacts.

Topics Include:

- Smoke Monitoring - Data Analysis
- Public Messaging - Hands on instrument training
- Exceptional event reporting - Modeling and forecasting
- Electronic tools - Smoke management strategies

Link to the workshop agenda: /carpa/iasccarpa2015program.pdf

To register please send an email to Ann Hobbs with your name, title, agency name, email, phone number, and which track you plan to attend on Day 2 (IASC or CARPA). See agenda for track descriptions.

For more information please contact Charles Pearson (916) 322 -7054.

Wildfire Smoke Response Coordination – Best Practices Being Implemented by Agencies in California

This document 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 response in California. Its purpose is to provide useful information and resources to agencies seeking assistance in protecting the public’s health from the impacts of smoke during catastrophic fire.

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. The document is not intended to be official guidance but rather serve as a dynamic and useful roadmap and tool for wildfire smoke response coordination in California.

2014 IASC/CARPA Spring Meeting Presentations

  • April 30 - May 1 2014
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


IASC meets annually to discuss air quality and smoke management related to prescribed burning activities.

CARPA meets regularly to coordinate agencies that respond to hazardous air release incidents, including wildfires.

IASC 2013 Spring Meeting Presentations

Day One, May 29, 2013

Presentations: Presented by:
Upcoming Changes to the Wildfire Smoke Guide
Current Research on Public Perceptions of Smoke
Shelley DuTeaux, CARB / CARPA
Boulder Burn - Proposed Large Landscape Burn Paul Leusch, (USFS-SNF)
North Ops Predictive Services Basil Newmerzhycky (USFS)
PFIRS Jason Branz (CARB)
CANSAC weather products Tim Brown (DRI)

Day Two, May 30, 2013

Presentations: Presented by:
Is it time for Biochar—to Reduce Fuel Suraj Ahuja (USFS)
NOAA Hazard Mapping System (HMS) Mark Ruminski (NOAA)
VIIRS_Fire_Cal Wilfrid Schroeder (NOAA)
Ozone Exceptional Events Gayle Sweigert (CARB)
Air Resources Advisor
Northern CA_SmokeAnalysis 23Aug2012
Thomas previous day analysis
Trent Procter (USFS)
Pete Lahm (USFS)
Air Resources Advisor - Placer County APCD Ann Hobbs (Placer County APCD)
Inciweb Jennifer Jones (USFS - Washington D.C)
The Cascade Fire Kelly Martin/ Lee Tarney (Yosemite - NPS)
Cascade Managed Fire 2012 Dave Conway - (Mariposa County APCD)


IASC 2012 Spring Meeting Presentations

Day One, May 2, 2012

Presentations: Presented by:
Review of IASC purpose / charter / history / accomplishments John Kennedy (EPA) and Ann Hobbs (Placer County APCD)
What’s at risk with attainment designations? Mike Oldershaw (SJVAPCD)
Process / status of EPA Fire Policy Don Hodge (EPA)
Exceptional Events rule and how it relates to the LMAs fire policy Matt Lakin (EPA)
WESTAR update Dan Johnson (WESTAR)
Overview of CARPA –California Air Response Planning Alliance John Kennedy - (EPA) and Shelley DuTeaux – (ARB)
Trend in planning larger landscape restoration burns Rob Griffith (USFS) / Corky Conover (NPS)

Day Two, May 3, 2012

Presentations: Presented by:
2010 Sheep & 2011 Lion Fire Impacts Daniel Martinez (SJVAPCD)
Smoke Impacts in the Great Basin Jon Becknell (GBUAPCD)
Sheep Fire Case Study Discussion Deb Schweizer (USFS)
Lion Fire Case Study Discussion Brent Skaggs (USFS)
Monitoring during the Sheep and Lion Ricardo Cisneros / Don Schweizer (USFS)
A discussion of CANSAC weather products John Snook (USFS)
1300 Call and other products Dar Mims (ARB)
California Fire Science Consortium update Tim Klein (CFSC)

May 2 & 3 Meeting Agenda
Meeting Notes

Past Meetings

April 1-2, 2008, Meeting

Presentations (format is MS Powerpoint): Presented by:
California-Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commision Ann Hobbs (Placer Co APCD)
Fire Weather / Predictive Services John Snook (North Ops PSU)
Update on Smoke and Air Quality Issues Kara Paintner (NPS)
The CANSAC/BLUESKY Connection Timothy Brown (DRI)
Regional Haze Progress Report Tina Suarez-Murias (ARB)
PFIRS Progress Report Jason Branz, Joelle Hulbert (ARB Meteorologists)
Impacts of Fires on Yosemite Air Quality, 2007 Leland Tarnay (NPS)

Meeting Notes
Proposed Changes to IASC Charter

Other Materials