After reportedly being the source of two fires — one a major forest fire in September in Washington state and the other a three-acre brush fire — diesel particulate filter manufacturer Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls has closed its operation and is no longer open for business, according to an announcement form the California Air Resources Board.
CARB says the company ceased operations Jan. 18 and, in the announcement, reaches out to fleets and truck owners whose warranties may be affected by the situation and saying they will not be penalized for missing CARB regulation deadlines on account of Cleaire. CARB says it is working with distributors and installers to try to find alternative compliance options if replacement parts are not available and is directing truck owners to its website for more information and guidance.
According to reports, CARB and Cleaire have worked together much in the past.
Sparks from Cleaire’s filters are being blamed for causing both of the aforementioned fires. The first did roughly $5.2 million in damages and destroyed 3,600 acres of forest and 100 structures, driving hundreds of Washington residents from their homes.