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Local and County Resources


State and Federal Resources

  • CalFIRE

  • CalOES

  • American Red Cross

  • FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency 

​Air Filters

In order for an air filter to be effective during a wildfire event, the air filter MUST have a carbon filter. Carbon absorbs and processes the poisonous gases and toxic fumes in smoke. A HEPA filter process those toxins, so be sure your filters have a carbon filter. 


IQAir sells three different types of portable filtration systems which all have carbon filters; One filter, the Atem for your car, is a travel sized filter that comes with a harness and a carbon filter; the other two are stand up filters that clean the are of a  large room of pollutants including viruses, smoke, odors, bacteria, mold, pollen, et cetera. 


These types of filters may either be a tax-deductible expense (if health-related) or may be covered by your health insurance policy as a piece of durable medical equipment. Please check with you insurance company or tax preparer for details. 


Purple Air


Congratulations to Rancho Tierra Grande for becoming a Firewise Community!


Outthink Wildfire

Click the title for information from NFPA Journal all about 5 main strategies to bring community destruction by wildfires to zero by 2050.

Asbestos and Wildfire

Whitmer, Michelle. "Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide.", 20 Dec 2022,

Natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents. Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for and cleaning up after a natural disaster.

Click here for a Discovery Channel video of the Carmel fire. 

Can New Research Help Reduce the Impact of Wildfires?

In the last 15 years, scientific studies have overturned common knowledge about the behavior and consequences of wildfires. A leading researcher discusses how it can help guide future efforts to protect both people and forests.

Click the title for an interview about this topic with Fire ecologist Chad

Hanson, Ph.D by Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer of the GOVERNINGnewsletter.


Coverage on KSBW

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