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Title

Characterizing public tolerance of smoke from wildland fires in communities across the United States
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Jesse M. Engebretson; Troy E. Hall; Jarod J. Blades; Christine S. Olsen; Eric L. Toman; Stacey Sargent Frederick
Publication Year: 2016

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • air quality
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • health factors
  • Idaho
  • lightning caused fires
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • public acceptance
  • public health
  • slash
  • smoke effects
  • smoke management
  • South Carolina
  • survey
  • Texas
  • thinning
  • tolerance
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 22865
Tall Timbers Record Number: 33224
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals - J
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use

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Description

Little is known about public tolerance of smoke from wildland fires. By combining data from two household surveys, we sought to determine whether tolerance of smoke from wildland fires varies with its origin or managerial rationale, to describe geographical variation in tolerance of smoke, and to describe the relationship between personal smoke-related health experience and tolerance of smoke. Tolerance tended to be moderate and higher in cases when managers were attempting to suppress wildfires. Negligible differences existed across states or between rural and urban areas. However, individuals who had experienced health impacts from smoke in the recent past were significantly less tolerant of smoke. Our studies highlight the importance of communicating the ecological benefits of different types of wildland fire, as well as the public health risks of smoke and ways to mitigate them.

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Citation:
Engebretson, Jesse M.; Hall, Troy E.; Blades, Jarod J.; Olsen, Christine S.; Toman, Eric L.; Frederick, Stacey S. 2016. Characterizing public tolerance of smoke from wildland fires in communities across the United States. Journal of Forestry 114(6):601-609.