From the text...'Major policy initiatives and implementation of new management strategies are currently underway in both air resource and fire management. Land managers are rapidly expanding the use of fire to manage ecosystems, while air resource managers are accelerating efforts to reduce the local and regional impacts of fires on air quality. Balancing these goals requires an intensive flow of information among stakeholders to predict impacts, support decisionmaking, communicate factually, and monitor results. The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Fire Use Working Team sanctioned a self-directed interdisciplinary team--the Express Team--to construct a working framework for the coordinated development of modeling and data systems that achieve these goals. This strategic plan is solely a technical discussion of current information needs and strategies. It is an initial attempt to coordinate and focus what has been a widely distributed ad hoc network of research, development, and applications to model and assess the air quality impacts of fires. It provides a conceptual framework to aid discussion, describes the current and desired future state of modeling and data systems, and offers strategies to reach the desired state. The plan is derived from a first draft by the Express Team, comments of peer reviewers,and facilitated national workshop on modeling and data systems held in November 1997. The workshop brought together 86 people representing various stakeholder groups to review the plan and develop strategies.'