The state has declared May 3rd through the 9th as Wildfire Preparedness Week. The Tehama County Air Pollution Control District is committed to providing resources needed to help inform the public on air quality during wildfire events.
The District is active in several aspects of wildfire preparations
The District works with public wildland management agencies to plan prescribed burns (also known as controlled burns) in Tehama County. Prescribed burning is the use of fire to manage, improve or protect Range land, watersheds, forests and other land types.
District staff works with public agencies conducting prescribed burns to minimize smoke impacts to residents. Per District rules, all prescribed burns must be authorized in advance by the Tehama County Air Pollution Control District.
To conduct a prescribed burn, agencies must register and request and account with the Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS). Once you request an account and submit a prescribed burn through PFIRS, District staff will contact you with further information about our Rx burn program.
If you have questions, call the District at (530) 527-3717.
Air Pollution Monitoring:
The Tehama County Air Pollution Control District maintains an air quality monitoring network comprised of a stationary and portable Beta Ray Attenuation PM2.5 monitor, a PM10,an Ozone monitor a several low cost PM2.5 sensors.
Depending on weather conditions and a wildfire size, location and intensity wildfires can impact each reading differently. While thicker smoke means higher PM2.5 and PM10 levels, light smoke can lead to increases in ozone levels while think smoke can cause ozone levels to drop.
The Tehama County Air Pollution provides official air quality data updated hourly on our website. Air quality data can be found by clicking the current air quality tab.
The page also provides links to other resources like purple air sensor data.
Air Quality Index:
The air quality index (AQI) is used to measure the severity of the levels of pollution. The AQI is color coded, green means the air quality is good, red means you should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion. It should be used to help you make decisions on whether you should go outside and exercise, the kids should go to practice.
The background color of our reported air quality data changes as our measured pollutant changes, take note of the color and the table when viewing these resources.