Michael Lipsett, Barbara Materna, Susan Lyon Stone, Shannon Therriault, Robert Blaisdell, Jeff Cook
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Cataloging Information

Fire Communication & Education
Public Perspectives of Fire Management
Fire Effects
Ecological - First Order
Management Approaches
Smoke Monitoring
Air Quality

FRAMES RCS Number: 15584
Record updated: March 23, 2020
NRFSN number: 12451

Smoke rolls into town, blanketing the city, turning on streetlights, creating an eerie and choking fog. Switchboards light up as people look for answers. Citizens want to know what they should do to protect themselves. School officials want to know if outdoor events should be cancelled. The news media want to know how dangerous the smoke really is. Smoke events often catch us off guard. This guide is intended to provide local public health officials with information they need when wildfire smoke is present so they can adequately communicate health risks, and precautions to the public. This guide is the product of a collaborative effort by scientists, air quality specialists and public health professionals from federal, state, and local agencies.


Lipsett, Michael; Materna, Barbara; Stone, Susan Lyon; Therriault, Shannon; Blaisdell, Robert; Cook, Jeff. 2008. Wildfire smoke: a guide for public health officials. California Department of Public Health, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Missoula County Health Department, California Air Resources Board. 53 p.

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