North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District
707 L Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Office (707) 443-3093
Fax (707) 443-3099

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am- 12pm, 1-4pm

Burn Day Information
(707) 443-7665 or
(866) BURN-DAY

Complaint Hotline
(707) 444-2233
News & Advisories

CAL FIRE Permits & Burn Suspension Information

Effective November 3, 2017: The Burn Suspension has been lifted for Humboldt, Del Norte and Western Trinity County.

Effective November 4, 2017: The burn suspension has been lifted but Wildfire Season is still in place for Eastern Trinity County. CAL FIRE requires Non-Standard permit holders in State Responsibility Areas of Eastern Trinity County to obtain a CAL FIRE LE5 permit until November 20, 2017 when Wildfire Season will be lifted. Please contact your local CAL FIRE Office for further information. Standard permit holders are exempt from this requirement.

Effective November 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Shasta-Trinity Unit will lift fire season in Eastern Trinity County in which CAL FIRE permits will no longer be required for Non Standard Burn Permit holders.

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Trinity County Helena Fire Information

The Trinity County Solid Waste Department will now start to accept clean brush, small trees and landscaping material at the Junction City Transfer Station during regular hours (Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Click here for more information.

TIMBER Program 2017 Updates

On December 23, 2016 ARB released revisions to the TIMBER Program funding table for the 2017 year. The first revision increases the cost-effectiveness limit to the current Carl Moyer Program cap of $18,260 per ton which reduces usage requirements at some funding levels. The second revision affects applicants opted in to the Small Fleet option of the Statewide Truck and Bus Regulation. The full Mail-out (MSC 16-19) can be viewed here.

Beginning January 1, 2017 owners of only one unfiltered truck will no longer be eligible for TIMBER funding. However, these truckers can still apply for the Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment program (PLACE), which may be easier to qualify for than typical loans.

The District will be accepting TIMBER grant applications until all funding is exhausted. For more infromation or to download an application click here.

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American Lung Associations's "State of the Air" Report

Recently, the American Lung Association (ALA) issued its State of the Air 2017 report in which “report cards” are given for major areas throughout the US. The report cards have been an annual event by the ALA for many years now. The report cards grade 726 counties in the US which operate ambient particulate and ozone monitors over a three year period. The grade is weighted and seeks to reflect the number of days the area exceeds AQI Moderate level for 24-hr PM2.5 averages and 8-hr Ozone levels.

Typically the only county in the North Coast Unified AQMD that is able to receive a grade (i.e. there is monitoring data available) is Humboldt County, which is usually a grade of “A” for both High Ozone Days and High Particle Pollution Days (see the 2016 ALA report). However, this year the 2017 ALA report gave Humboldt County a “C” grade for High Particle Pollution Days in error upon its review of EPA data.

ALA gets their data from the EPA’s Air Quality System and for this year’s report, they use 24-hour average PM2.5 concentration for the 2013-15 period. Historically, the ALA has screened out data collected by the Hoopa Valley Tribal EPA during the 2014/15 time period, as it does not meet quality assurance criteria (i.e. collected with an instrument not meeting quality assurance requirements). Unfortunately, this year the screening step appears to have been missed. If the unqualified data is not included, Humboldt County again receives an “A” for High Particle Pollution Days. Staff has advised the ALA and will work with them to ensure this particular error is not repeated in next year’s report.

A key point to note in regards to the ALA grade/report is that the grade represents a much more conservative and restrictive methodology which uses AQI (Air Quality Index) for reporting daily air quality. This is separate from the existing health-based state and federal ambient air quality standards (AAQS) and assessment basis for attainment designations. Because the ALA report bases its grades in part on the AQI, rather than the AAQS, it is possible to receive an “F” on the report, while still meeting all the AAQS requirements. In the future as other monitors are deployed and report data in our area, the ALA grade for Humboldt County could indeed change to a “C” or other grade.

State of the Air 2017
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Did You Know?
Without a valid burn permit, burning illegally could cost you up to $10,000.00 in fines
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