Online tools for planning smoke management
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): Jennifer M. Fill
Publication Year: 2018

Cataloging Information

  • BlueSky
  • human health
  • PM - particulate matter
  • PM2.5
  • smoke impacts
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Record Last Modified: December 16, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 60430


Mitigating smoke impacts on human health and safety is one of the challenges that landowners and agencies face when conducting prescribed burns. Particulate matter (PM) in smoke, produced by the combustion of fuels during burning, can aggravate respiratory ailments and reduce visibility along roads and near airports. Fine particles that have a diameter less than or equal to 2.5 microns (PM2.5) are one of the primary health hazard concerns from smoke emissions. Predicting how much particulate matter will be produced, where it will travel, and how it might interact with other fires locally and in the region is fundamental for deciding how to mitigate smoke effects from prescribed burns.

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Fill, Jennifer M. 2019. Online tools for planning smoke management. SFE Fact Sheet 2018-5. Joint Fire Science Program, Southern Fire Exchange. 2 p.