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    Revision of the Smoke Management Guide Coming in 2016


    The pressures and challenge of balancing the ecosystem benefits from prescribed fire with the serious potential impacts to air quality have never been greater. Tightening air quality regulatory restrictions, altered fire and fuel regimes, wildland urban interface expansion, changing climate effects, and decades of accumulated fuels are just a few of the issues that fire managers must deal with on a daily basis. 

    The Guide

    For the last decade, the 2001 Smoke Management Guide has been a valuable resource for fire managers wishing to learn more about the rules and methods involved with protecting air quality while using fire for land and resource management purposes. As research, regulations, and methodology continue to evolve to reflect the latest knowledge, so must this resource. The revision will incorporate the latest science and policy pertinent to smoke management on a national level.

    The Revision

    The National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group's Smoke Committee has tasked a steering committee of seven individuals with overseeing the update of the Smoke Management Guide.

    These individuals bring perspectives from the Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, and the University of Idaho. 

    New Chapters - The updated Smoke Management Guide will contain additional chapters on communications and public perceptions of smoke. Click here to read the draft public perceptions chapter.

    The Committee

    Mark Fitch
    National Park Service

    Michael George
    National Park Service

    Dennis Haddow
    US Fish and Wildlife Service retired

    Pete Lahm
    US Forest Service

    Mark Melvin
    Jones Ecological Research Center

    Janice Peterson
    US Forest Service

    Josh Hyde
    University of Idaho

    Revised Smoke Management Guide
    for Prescribed Fire Chapter List

    1.0 The Air Quality and Smoke Management Imperative

    1.1 The Need for Prescribed Fire

    1.2 The Effects of the Social-Wildland Interface on Wildland Fire Management

    2.0 Public Health and Exposure to Smoke

    2.1 Fire Personnel Smoke Exposure and Safety

    2.2 Smoke and Transportation Safety

    2.3 Visibility in Natural Areas

    3.0 Smoke Management Regulations

    3.1 State Smoke Management Programs

    4.0 Fuel Consumption and Smoke Production

    4.1 Techniques to Reduce Emissions from Prescribed Fire

    5.0 Smoke Management Meteorology

    5.1 Practical Tools: Meteorology and Simple Models for Predicting Smoke Movement and Potential Smoke Effects

    5.2 Smoke Prediction Models

    5.3 Smoke Monitoring

    6.0 Smoke Management Communication

    6.1 Public Perceptions of Smoke form Wildland Fire

    7.0 Wildland Fire and Climate Change

    8.0 Prescribed Fire and Smoke Management Planning

    8.1 The Well Prepared Fire Manager

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