Working Paper 40
Fire managers use prescribed re and some wild fires to meet resource management objectives, like restoring and maintaining ecological processes, watershed function, and wildlife habitat, as well as to reduce fuels and mitigate the risk of severe wild fires. However, public concerns about smoke impacts are often a limiting factor for accomplishing fuels reduction and ecological restoration goals. It is vital that agency land managers mitigate smoke impacts from wildland fire for the health and safety of the public. The Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program (WFAQRP) has smoke impact assessment and forecast tools to assist agencies in managing re incidents and predicting and messaging smoke impacts to communities. New smoke modeling tools, along with technical specialists called Air Resource Advisors (ARAs), can help inform fire management operations and provide important information to air quality, public health, and safety of cials and the public. This working paper describes how ARAs use smoke modeling and monitoring tools to build a toolkit for re managers and to improve public communication.