Additional Emergency Links
- American Red Cross
- Cal OES
- Poison Control Center
- Pesticide Exposure Reporting
- Clandestine Drug Labs
- CA Department of Public Health
- CalEPA Emergency Response
REPORT CHEMICAL SPILLS: (800) 852-7550
Fire Response and Recovery
Whenever there is a fire, concerns are raised about exposure to smoke and potential contaminants. Below are a series of recommendations and links created by OEHHA and its partners addressing various public health concerns of fires.
- US Fire Map
- InciWeb Incident Information System - Fire Incident Information
- Fact Sheet: Protecting Public Health from Home and Building Fire Ash All persons accessing burned structures should be aware of the hazards associated with those sites. Cleanup efforts may expose you to ash, soot, and fire decomposition products that may cause irritation and other health effects.
- Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash (pdf) Fire ash from forest fires is relatively nontoxic, however ash may contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals and may irritate the respiratory system. This report summarizes safe ways to remove ash to avoid exposure.
- Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (pdf) Written in part by OEHHA and US EPA, this guide focuses on the composition of smoke, potential health effects, and recommendations for protective measures.
- Tire Fire Smoke: Major Constituents and Potential for Public Health Impacts (pdf) This report identifies the major chemical constituents of smoke from burning tires, the toxicity of those chemicals, and the potential effects on human health.
- Safe Removal of Debris This guidance document was created by the Task Force for conducting emergency hazardous material, waste, and debris removal actions under a local or state Proclamation of a State of Emergency.
For information on current wildfire threats, go to the OES Fire Season site.