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Comparing smoke exposure from wildfires and Rx fires

View brief. This study examines the differences in community level exposures to smoke from both wildfire and prescribed fire.

Smoke exposure health effects and mitigations for wildland fire personnel

View webinar recording. Wildland firefighters are exposed to wood smoke, which contains hazardous air pollutants, during wildland fire management assignments across the U.S. each year. In this webinar, Kathleen Navarro, PhD, presented...

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Smoke Sense App

Access App EPA researchers initiated a citizen science project called Smoke Sense. This project has two broad objectives. The first to increase awareness of the known health effects associated with exposure to...

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Wildland fire smoke health effects on wildland firefighters and the public

View report. Using epidemiology studies to understand the exposure-response relationship for PM, this study found that firefighters were at an increased risk for long-term health effects from smoke exposure. The risk for...

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Resources for predicting and mitigating smoke impacts of wildfires

View article. This working paper describes how Air Resource Advisors use smoke modeling and monitoring tools to build a toolkit for fire managers and to improve public communication.

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Prescribed fire policy barriers and opportunities

View brief. This represents the first phase of a project investigating policies that limit managers’ ability to conduct prescribed fire on US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in...

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Aligning smoke management with ecological and public health goals

View article. Past and current forest management affects wildland fire smoke impacts on downwind human populations. However, mismatches between the scale of benefits and risks make it difficult to proactively manage wildland...

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Air quality impacts from prescribed fire and wildfire compared

View brief. Wildfires are far more likely to result in harmful air quality and public health impacts than prescribed fires because they are unplanned and typically are much larger. Wildfires also last...

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BlueSky Modeling Framework links fire, fuel, consumption, emissions, and smoke models

Access BlueSky. BlueSky is a modeling framework.  BlueSky modularly links a variety of independent models of fire information, fuel loading, fire consumption, fire emissions, and smoke dispersion. At each modeling step, BlueSky...

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Estimating effects of changing climate on fires and air quality

View report. The objectives of this study, were: 1) use of climate projections to predict changes in fire activity in 2050, 2) identify potential changes in vegetation and fuels resulting from changes...