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Fire in California's Ecosystems$
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Neil Sugihara

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246058

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246058.001.0001

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Fire and Air Resources

Fire and Air Resources

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(p.481) chapter 21 Fire and Air Resources
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Fire in California's Ecosystems
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Suraj Ahuja

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0021

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

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