Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program
The success of the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program depends on contributions from numerous interagency partners. The current pool of trained ARAs includes staff from various federal agencies (including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, National Resource Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service among others) and state, tribal, and local governments as well as the private sector. The success and online presence of key smoke modeling tools would not be possible without the significant contributions by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Smoke impact modeling is contributed by the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station among others.
Information developed by the ARAs through the use of these systems is are routinely utilized by:
- the public
- local and state public health agencies
- air quality regulators
- fire incident command teams
- Wildfire Smoke - A Guide for Public Health Officials
- Idaho Wildfire Smoke Event Response Protocol
- Oregon Wildfire Response Protocol for Severe Smoke Episodes
ARAs regularly disseminate information through the various state run Smoke Blogs. Smoke outlooks are also posted on the individual ARA deployment page
The Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program is coordinated across various federal agency efforts as well at the National Interagency Fire Center and the incident command teams.
Participating agencies include:
As well as:
- EPA, NOAA