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    Author(s): Sim Larkin; Tim Brown; Pete Lahm; Tom Zimmerman
    Date: 2010
    Source: Fire Management Today. 70(2): 36-40.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Description

    Smoke and air quality information have an important role in wildland fire decisionmaking that is reinforced in the 2009 "Guidance for Implementation of Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy." A key intent of the guidance is to allow consideration and use of the full range of strategic and tactical options that are available in the response to every wildland fire. This guidance directs that wildland fire responses will be developed through evaluations of situational assessment and analysis of hazards and risk. It also defines implementation actions and directs documentation of decisions and rationale. Smoke and air quality are now among the top issues in decisionmaking, both on wildfires (unplanned ignitions) and prescribed fires (planned ignitions).

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    Citation

    Larkin, Sim; Brown, Tim; Lahm, Pete; Zimmerman, Tom. 2010. Wildland fire decision support system air quality tools. Fire Management Today. 70(2): 36-40.

    Keywords

    wildland fire, smoke, air quality

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