New ProcessesThe Rocky Mountain Interagency Support Cache (RMK) is facilitating management and maintenance for the national cache of Smoke Monitor Kits (E-Samplers and EBAMs). We are currently in a transition period - kits can be ordered through this website, but are expected to be back in NFES and ROSS by July 1, 2016.
Smoke Monitor CacheA Cache of 24 smoke particulate monitoring kits (20 E-Samplers and 4 EBAMs) is available for deployment to wildland fires upon request of firefighting agencies with US Forest Service charge (job) codes. The kits provide real-time measurements of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and are available for monitoring both wildfire emissions and prescribed burns. Each monitoring kit contains a Met One Instruments Inc. E-Sampler (or EBAM), mounting tripod, GOES satellite telemetry system, wind speed and direction sensor, ambient relative humidity sensor, ambient temperature sensor, tool kit, and assembly directions. Each monitors is designed to run off of AC power and for typically include a 100 ft extension cord.
A full description of the kit and how to set it up can be found on the Smoke Monitoring Kit tab.
How to OrderThe current process to order these units is described in the link below. New instructions are expected by July 1, 2016. Due to the complexity of EBAM kits, these will only be available to experienced personnel. The National Smoke Monitor Coordinator must be contacted prior to placing an order for an EBAM kit.
Expected CostsThe requesting unit is expected to pay for shipping costs, typically UPS Overnight Air unless other arrangements are made. Normal maintenance costs (done between deployments) are not currently charged to the requesting unit.
In addition, any costs due to damage or loss are expected to be paid by the requesting unit as they occur. Total kit replacement cost is approximately $14,600 and a detailed price list is on the Smoke Monitor Kit page.