Smoke monitoring network on 2006 northern California fires
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Brenda Belongie; Suraj Ahuja
Editor(s): Bret W. Butler; Wayne A. Cook
Publication Year: 2007

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • fire management
  • smoke monitoring network
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Record Last Modified: February 22, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 7518


Long-duration fire activity during the 2006 northern California fire season presented an excellent opportunity to create a temporary air-quality/smoke-monitoring network in the complex terrain across northwestern California. The network was established through cooperative interagency coordination of Federal officials, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and local Air Pollution Control Districts (APCDs). This network addressed concerns over air quality and potential firefighter- and citizen-health issues. Equipment deployed included real time PM2.5 monitors (EBAMs and DataRAM's) at seven stations. The reported network data were posted daily on the Internet (in the public domain). The archived field-gathered data set will also provide a database for future research and verification of modeled Blue Sky output for particulate concentrations (run by the University of Nevada, Reno). Lessons learned from establishing and supporting such a temporary network will help make future projects more successful. Overall, the network data were well received, especially by local residents.

Online Link(s):
Belongie, Brenda; Ahuja, Suraj. 2007. Smoke monitoring network on 2006 northern California fires. Pages 385-389 In: Butler, Bret W.; Cook, Wayne (comps.). The fire environment-innovations, management, and policy; conference proceedings. 26-30 March 2007; Destin, FL. Proceedings RMRS-P-46CD. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.