This page displays real time data from temporary, portable monitors located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The data is not collected or verified by the Valley Air District. Please refer to the District’s ROAR guidelines to make decisions about outdoor activities.

Effort to Reduce Fuels in Forest

With the fuel load in the Valley’s mountain areas at an all-time high due to the drought and the bark beetle infestation, the District is working collaboratively with land management agencies to conduct strategic controlled burns to lessen the wildfire risk. In this effort, the District is being more flexible in allowing more days for prescribed burning activities under marginal conditions, and allowing larger amounts of acres to be treated per day where localized impacts to nearby communities are not expected to occur. In addition, the District continues to advocate for additional funding for state and federal agencies to conduct additional prescribed burning and fuel reduction activities, in an effort to reduce the severity of future wildfires across the region. Learn more here.