Smoke Management Programs

In areas where prescribed fire is or has the potential to be a significant source of air pollution, smoke management programs have been developed in collaboration between air quality regulators and Federal, State, Tribal, and private land managers.

Smoke Management Programs (SMPs)

The purposes of SMPs are to:

  • Mitigate the nuisance and public safety hazards posed by smoke intrusions into populated areas (such as smoke on roadways and at airports);
  • Prevent deterioration of air quality and exceedances of NAAQS (protect public health); and
  • Address visibility impacts in mandatory Class I federal areas.

The SMP is meant to have elements of basic smoke management practices (BSMPs) as a core with a more structured approach to organization and participation. A SMP can either be voluntary or mandatory based on the needs of the respective State, Tribal land or area.