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Fire and Air Resources

Suraj Ahuja

in Fire in California's Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246058
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0021
Fire and Air Resources

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This chapter addresses smoke and air quality concerns. Awareness of air quality regulations, smoke production, transport, and effects from prescribed and wildland fires will enable land managers to refine existing smoke management strategies and develop better smoke management plans and programs in the future. Managing smoke from fires in California requires knowledge of airflow and pollution sources and patterns and an understanding of the state’s regulatory framework, population patterns, meteorology, and physical features for fire emissions production and transport prediction. Mobile sources are one of the biggest contributors to the ozone problem. Air quality is managed through federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Land managers and regulators have developed strategies to reduce the impacts on air quality that result from fire. The Fire Emission Trade-off Model can predict reduction in emissions achieved when prescribed fires are applied to the landscape to prevent large-intensity wildfires.

Keywords: fire; smoke management; air quality; California; regulations; Fire Emission Trade-off Model

Chapter.  8929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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