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Know your smoke

Events Posted on: October 06, 2020
In this webinar, RMRS research physical scientist Shawn Urbanski and fire ecologist Duncan Lutes will discuss the current state of the science on wildland fire smoke emissions.

State of the science on wildland fire emissions

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 20, 2020
We evaluated current scientific literature, datasets, and models to assess the state of the science on wildland fire emissions. The assessment evaluates current knowledge regarding the composition, intensity, and drivers of emissions and discusses the crucial gaps in our understanding of emissions.

Proceedings of the Fire Continuum-Preparing for the future of wildland fire; 2018 May 21-24; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: July 22, 2020
The Fire Continuum Conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Fire Ecology and the International Association of Wildland Fire, was designed to cover both the biophysical and human dimensions aspects of fire along the fire continuum. This proceedings includes many of topics covered during the conference - including pre-fire planning and management, strategies during an incident, and post-fire effects and management options.

Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on air

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This state-of-knowledge review about the effects of fire on air quality can assist land, fire, and air resource managers with fire and smoke planning, and their efforts to explain to others the science behind fire-related program policies and practices to improve air quality.

Wildland fire emission factors in North America: synthesis of existing data, measurement needs and management applications

Publications Posted on: March 11, 2020
Field and laboratory emission factors (EFs) of wildland fire emissions for 276 known air pollutants sampled across Canada and the US were compiled. An online database, the Smoke Emissions Repository Application (SERA), was created to enable analysis and summaries of existing EFs to be used in smoke management and emissions inventories.


Publications Posted on: October 05, 2018
The challenge of minimizing the impacts of smoke on the public while expanding the role of fire in land management has never been greater, as air quality standards tighten and the wildland-urban interface expands with people looking to live in natural environments with clean air.

Smoke emissions from prescribed burning of southern California chaparral.

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
This report characterizes smoke emissions from small-scale prescribed burns in southern California chaparral. In situ measurements of smoke emissions were made from 12 fires.

Applying the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) to support risk-informed decision making: The Gold Pan Fire, Bitterroot National Forest, Montana, USA

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2015
In response to federal wildfire policy changes, risk-informed decision-making by way of improved decision support, is increasingly becoming a component of managing wildfires. As fire incidents escalate in size and complexity, the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) provides support with different analytical tools as fire conditions change.

Decision making under uncertainty: Recommendations for the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2015
The management of wildfire is a dynamic, complex, and fundamentally uncertain enterprise. Fire managers face uncertainties regarding fire weather and subsequent influence on fire behavior, the effects of fire on socioeconomic and ecological resources, and the efficacy of alternative suppression actions on fire outcomes.

Characterizing large airtanker use in United States fire management

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2015
The appropriate role of large airtankers (LATs) in federal fire suppression in the United States has been the source of much debate and discussion in recent years as the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has faced impending decisions about how best to address an aging fleet of contracted aircraft. Questions of fleet efficiency are complicated by inadequacies in historical data on airtanker use.