Skip to Main Content
Particulate and trace gas emissions from prescribed burns in southeastern U.S. fuel types: Summary of a 5-year projectAuthor(s): David R. Weise; Timothy J. Johnson; James Reardon
Source: Fire Safety Journal. 74: 71-81
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
Download Publication (718.8 KB)
DescriptionManagement of smoke from prescribed fires requires knowledge of fuel quantity and the amount and composition of the smoke produced by the fire to minimize adverse impacts on human health. A five-year study produced new emissions information for more than 100 trace gases and particulate matter in smoke for fuel types found in the southern United States of America using state-of-the-art instrumentation in both laboratory and field experiments. Emission factors for flaming, smoldering, and residual smoldering were developed. Agreement between laboratory and field-derived emission factors was generally good in most cases. Reference spectra of over 50 wildland fire gas-phase smoke components were added to a publicly-available database to support identification via infrared spectroscopy. Fuel loading for the field experiments was similar to previously measured fuels. This article summarizes the results of a five-year study to better understand the composition of smoke during all phases of burning for such forests.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationWeise, David R.; Johnson, Timothy J.; Reardon, James. 2015. Particulate and trace gas emissions from prescribed burns in southeastern U.S. fuel types: Summary of a 5-year project. Fire Safety Journal. 74: 71-81.
Keywordssmoke, Pinus palustris, pocosin, spectroscopy, wildland fire
- Laboratory and numerical modeling of the formation of superfog from wildland fires
- Intercomparison of Fire Size, Fuel Loading, Fuel Consumption, and Smoke Emissions Estimates on the 2006 Tripod Fire, Washington, USA
- Characterizing sources of emissions from wildland fires
XML: View XML