NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire
Document Type: Report
Compiler(s): Janice L. Peterson; Peter Lahm; Mark J. Fitch; Michael H. George; Dennis V. Haddow; Mark A. Melvin; Joshua C. Hyde; Ellen M. Eberhardt
Publication Year: 2020

Cataloging Information

  • Basic Smoke Management Practices
  • BSMP - Basic Smoke Management Practices
  • emissions mitigation
  • prescribed burn
  • smoke management
  • smoke management plan
  • smoke management program
  • smoke management tools
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Record Last Modified: December 3, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25893


The NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire contains information on prescribed fire smoke management techniques, air quality regulations, smoke monitoring, modeling, communication, public perception of prescribed fire and smoke, climate change, practical meteorological approaches and smoke tools. The primary focus of this document is to serve as the textbook in support of NWCG’s RX410, Smoke Management Techniques course which is required for the position of Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) The Guide is useful to all who use prescribed fire, from private land owners to federal land managers, with practical tools, and underlying science. Many chapters are helpful for addressing air quality impacts from wildfires. It is intended to assist those who are following the guidance of the NWCG’s Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide, PMS 484, in planning for, and addressing, smoke when conducting prescribed fires.

Note: This was originally released in 2018 online only under the same document number as the 2001 edition (420-2). Additional editing took place and this was re-released online and in print in late 2020 with a new document number (PMS-420-3).

Online Link(s):
Peterson, Janice L.; Lahm, Pete; Fitch, Mark; George, Michael; Haddow, Dennis H.; Melvin V., Mark A.; Hyde, Joshua C.; Eberhardt, Ellen M. 2020. NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire. PMS-420-3. Boise, ID: National Wildfire Coordination Group, National Interagency Fire Center. 297 p.