Coordination and Communication for Natually Ignited Fires

This page last reviewed August 2, 2011

In the spring of 2011, The Air Resources Board, Federal Land Management Agencies (LMA) and Local Air Districts in California completed revisions to the policy that governs naturally ignited fire.  This revision was necessitated by the change in the interpretation of the Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy.  As defined in “Guidance for Implementation of Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy, February 2009” (Appendix D).  Wildland fire is used as a general term and can be categorized into:  Wildfires (unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared to be wildfires), and Prescribed fires (planned ignitions).  The Coordination and Communication Protocol for Naturally Ignited Fires provides an agreed upon framework through which LMAs, Districts and ARB will minimize smoke and emission impacts from all wildfires in California.  Signatories agreed to communicate and coordination through the lifecycle of each event which in turn will protect public health in a more technically sound and effective manner.

Prototcol Documents

Reporting and Record Keeping Tools

Who Developed this Protocol?

This Protocol was developed through a series of meetings held at the Air Resources Board. The primary participants include:

Air Districts

Land Management Agencies

San Joaquin Valley

National Park Service

Tuolumne County

Bureau of Land Management

San Luis Obispo County

U.S. Forest Service

Mariposa County

 U.S Fish & Wildlife

Placer County

Other Agencies

California Air Pollution Control Officers Assoiciation

California Air Resources Board

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection


Additional Information and Websites:

For more information please contact Dar Mims at (916) 322-7454.