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Welcome to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District

EKAPCD Mission____________________________

To attain and maintain National and State Ambient Air Quality Standards and to insure air pollutants do not pose a nuisance or significant public health threat.


Schaeffer Fire, Kernville, CA

The Kern River Ranger District (KRRD) of the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument received thunderstorm activity Saturday, June 24th.  In the hours that followed, Sequoia’s Jordan Fire Lookout, discovered lightning caused fire. The “Schaeffer Fire” is burning within the 2002 McNally wildfire footprint, approximately 17 miles north of Kernville.

Schaffer_Fire_6-26-17Firefighters are making excellent progress in constructing and holding hand line on all flanks of the fire. Crews are working along the Kern River securing and holding the northern and eastern perimeters. Air operations continued to make water drops throughout the day to check the spread of the fire Overall the heat from the fire is diminishing.

As of 7/13/2017 the fire is 15,859 acres in size and 42% contained and four minor injuries reported.

In advance of potential firing operations public and firefighter safety, as well as protection of property are top priorities for the Incident Management Team. “Burning out” is a tactic used by firefighters to assist in controlling fires. Operations of this type are typically used during favorable weather to minimize fire severity. As such, crews wait for optimal conditions. Firefighters will constantly assess the firing operation. Smoke and fire may be visible.

As suppression efforts continue, smoke may impact surrounding communities. Smoke is typically greater in the morning and evening hours. Plan outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. People with respiratory conditions, young children, and senior citizens may be susceptible to adverse effects. Air District officials urge residents to follow their doctor’s advice.

For further information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station at (760) 376-3781, 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or the Lake Isabella Ranger Station at (760) 379-5646, M-F.

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District Schaffer Fire Health Advisory

Schaeffer Fire Map


How Smoke Can Effect Your Health

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burns. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – and even are linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.

People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, older adults, and children are at greater risk of being affected by smoke. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from smoke but it's still a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. It's important to limit your exposure to smoke, especially if you may be susceptible.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you:
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

Protect yourself:
Watch local news and weather stations, pay attention to health warning and air quality reports, you can also use the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI). Use common sense; if it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run, or let children play outside.

If your advised to stay indoors take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if needed but make the fresh air intake is closed and the filter is clean. Do not use a swamp cooler as it will pull in lots of smoke from outside. If your house becomes to hot to be comfortable seek alternative shelter. If it is cool outside try to avoid anything that produces heat from burning such as a fireplace, gas logs, or a gas stove.

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Ozone Attainment Plan 30-Day Review 6/26/2017

Draft of the Ozone Attainment Plan for Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District is available for a 30-day public review.

The Ozone Attainment Plan has been prepared to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA).  The Plan presents the District’s strategy (including related mandated elements) to attain the 2008 8-hour ozone standard by 2020, as required by FCAA of 1990.

Written comments can be submitted to the District or emailed to Jeremiah Cravens (cravensj@co.kern.ca.us) or Wunna Aung (aungw@co.kern.ca.us). All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on July 26, 2017.  

Click Here to Download Draft Ozone Attainment Plan (339 pages)


Proposed FY 2017/2018 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Board of Directors of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has set a public hearing to be held July 27, 2017, 2:00 pm at Tehachapi Police Department Communications Room, located at: 220 West “C” Street, Tehachapi, CA for the purpose of reviewing the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget and to provide the public an opportunity to comment.

Interested persons may appear at the hearing and make comments. Written comments are invited for consideration and will be received until the close of business on July 26, 2017. Such written comments may be submitted to Glen E. Stephens, APCO at 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 862-5250.

A copy of the proposed budget can be downloaded by clicking below. It is also available for review at the District’s Administrative Office located at: 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA.

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June Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The June 2017 issue of the District's quarterly news letter the "Desert Breeze" is now available. Click Here to download a copy. Hard copies are mailed to subscribers and made available at the District office. Future issues can be accessed on this website on the Desert Breeze page.


2017 DMV Grant Voucher Program

Vehicle Voucher, offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new, eligible lower-emitting vehicle.  Beginning October 31, 2016, the District’s DMV Grant Voucher Program will be an ongoing program with no application deadline.  Applications will be processed first-come first-served and vouchers will be issued accordingly.  Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:

  • $2,000 for purchase of an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
  • $3,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) includes (ATPZEV).
  • $5,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

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Open Burn Season Ended 5/22/17

The Kern County Fire Department announced hazard reduction open burn season ended May 22, 2017.

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Commercial Solar Plant Permitting Requirements

The District has determined commercial solar power plants generate fugitive dust emissions (PM10) in Eastern Kern County.  Therefore, in accordance with Rule 201 (Permits Required) and 210.1 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review, NSR), the District is requiring each commercial solar facility obtain a District Air permit. 

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2017 Board Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings will begin at 2 p.m.  Board Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of every odd month (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11) except July, which is usually held on the last Thursday. Click here for the 2017 Board Meeting Schedule.


Dry_Firewood_ChartResidential Wood Burning

Many Eastern Kern County residents
use woodstoves and fireplaces to heat
their homes.

If you burn please remember to do so
as cleanly as possible.

Never burn household waste in your
woodstove or fireplace and only burn
clean, dry, seasoned wood, and maintain
a hot fire.

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