WESTAR Wildfire and Ozone Exceptional Events Meeting Agenda

California Air Resources Board

1001 I Street

Room 230

Sacramento, California



Objective:  Reach a common understanding of the current state of scientific knowledge about ozone formation from wildfires.  Identify the techniques and existing data sources available to state air quality agencies to characterize ozone exceedances as exceptional events focusing on the characteristics of fires in the western states. 


Audience:  Federal and state regulatory agency staff with responsibility for documenting and approving exceptional events for states in the West and scientists with an in-depth knowledge of ozone production from wildfires and the capabilities of air quality regulatory agencies.


Tuesday, March 5


8:00-8:15         Welcome and Introductions

Bob Lebens, WESTAR; Neil Frank, EPA


8:15-8:45         Requirements of the Exceptional Events Rule

Liz Naess, Mark Evangelista, EPA


8:45-9:15         State & Local Implementation of the Exceptional Events Rule

States & local roundtable


9:15-9:30         Break


9:30-10:15       Use of Satellite Data to Detect Smoke

Rudy Husar, Washington University


10:15-10:30     Forest Service Smoke Monitoring

                        Trent Proctor, USFS


10:30-11:30     Framing the Issue: Ozone Formation and Transport in an Exceptional Event Demonstration:

Clear causal relationship

No exceedance or violation but for the event

                        Discussion Facilitator: Mark Evangelista


11:30-1:00       Lunch (on your own)


1:00-1:45         Ozone Production from Wildfires: a Critical Review

Dan Jaffe, Nicol Wigder, University of Washington


1:45-2:30         California Wildfire Caused Ozone Exceptional Events

Karen Magliano, CARB


2:30-2:45         Break


2:45-3:30         Modeling Ozone Exceptional Events: California, 2008 & Colorado/Wyoming, 2012 

Gabriele Pfister, NCAR


3:30-4:15         WRAP Ozone/Wildfire Modeling Tool (DEASCO3)

Tom Moore, WRAP


 4:15-5:00        Application of the Science to Assess an Ozone Exceptional Event, Discussion Panel: 

                        Jaffe, Wigder, Pfister, Husar


5:00                 Adjourn for the day



Wednesday, March 6


8:00-8:30         Review of Day 1, and Any Carryover Discussion

Introduction to Day 2

Bob Lebens, Neil Frank


8:30-9:15         Conceptual Model for Wildfire Caused Ozone

                        Discussion Facilitator: Mark Evangelista                  


9:15-10:00       Available Analytical Approaches Strengths/Weaknesses:

Statistical modeling

Steve Reid, Hilary Hafner, Sonoma Technology


10:00-10:15     Break


10:15-11:00     Available Analytical Approaches Strengths/Weaknesses

Blue Sky Framework

Susan O'Neill, USFS


11:00-11:30     Modeling issues

                                    Fire emissions

Inputs and resolution

                                    Strengths and weaknesses of specific models

                        Panel TBD. Facilitator: Mark Evangelista


11:30-1:00       Lunch (on you own)


1:00-2:45         Discussion

                        Goal: develop priority list of existing tools to investigate; case studies to apply various tools; integration of research into EE application

                        Discussion Facilitator: Mark Evangelista


2:45-3:00         Conclusion/wrap-up

                        Bob Lebens, Neil Frank