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Janice L. Peterson, Peter Lahm, Mark Fitch, Michael H. George, Dennis V. Haddow, Mark A. Melvin, Joshua C. Hyde, Ellen Eberhardt
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Smoke & Air Quality
Smoke Emissions

NRFSN number: 17372
FRAMES RCS number: 25893
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The NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire contains information on prescribed fire smoke management techniques, air quality regulations, smoke monitoring, modeling, communication, public perception of prescribed fire and smoke, climate change, practical meteorological approaches and smoke tools. The primary focus of this document is to serve as the textbook in support of NWCG’s RX410, Smoke Management Techniques course which is required for the position of Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) The Guide is useful to all who use prescribed fire, from private land owners to federal land managers, with practical tools, and underlying science. Many chapters are helpful for addressing air quality impacts from wildfires. It is intended to assist those who are following the guidance of the NWCG’s Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide, PMS 484, in planning for, and addressing, smoke when conducting prescribed fires.


Peterson, Janice L.; Lahm, Pete; Fitch, Mark; George, Michael; Haddow, Dennis H.; Melvin V., Mark A.; Hyde, Joshua C.; Eberhardt, Ellen M. 2018. NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire. PMS-420-2. Boise, ID: National Wildfire Coordination Group, National Interagency Fire Center. 293 p.

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