The EPA launched a pilot Fire and Smoke Map that displays air quality data from permanent, temporary, and low cost sensors. Included on that map is a temporary monitoring station installed in Carpinteria. More information is provided below.
CURRENT AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS
EPA AIRNOW FIRE AND SMOKE MAP
The EPA has launched a sensor data pilot project on the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map that is designed to provide the public with additional information on levels of fine particle pollution in the air, particularly during wildfires. The Fire and Smoke Map now displays air quality data from permanent monitors, temporary monitors, and low-cost sensors. The map uses the EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) rating system (see description below). The type of monitor is indicated by the shape:
AIR QUALITY FORECASTS AND HEALTH INFO
View air quality forecast maps for:
- Friday, September 18 and 18 Septiembre – En Español
- Saturday, September 19 and 19 Septiembre – En Español
- Sunday, September 20 and 20 Septiembre – En Español
- Monday, September 21 and 21 Septiembre – En Español
See outlooks and smoke reports for California wildfires posted on California Smoke Information site.
AIR QUALITY INDEX
Numbers in the chart above show the Air Quality Index for today, based on an average over time. See AQI Table for how to interpret the colors. The Index numbers represent a ranking for the pollutant, not the measurement of a pollutant. When air quality is expected to be worse — such as during wildfires, which produce elevated levels of particulate matter (PM) — it is important to check hourly readings, which do show the measurement of the pollutant. Hourly readings, which show the actual measured levels of the pollutant, are available on the Station Data page. The Index below presents ratings for: ozone, a principal component of smog; particulate matter smaller than 10 microns in diameter (PM10); and particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5). Note: all data are preliminary and subject to verification. To view exceedances of standards, see Days Exceeding Ozone and Particulate Standards.