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Title: Developing baselines for prescribed burning smoke management plans and best management practices
Authors: United States. Department of the Army. Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
Kemme, Michael R.
Keywords: Prescribed fire
Smoke emissions
Smoke management
Environmental management
Wildland fire management
US Army ranges
Smoke management plans
Publisher: Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: Prescribed fire is a critical component of Army wildland fire management and prevention, range maintenance, and ecosystem man-agement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets policy on controlling emissions from prescribed burning that is complex and still evolving. States have implemented EPA regulations and policy by developing their own regulations, Smoke Management Programs (SMPs), and State Implementation Plan conditions. A wide array of guidance for developing SMPs is available, along with tools for managing prescribed fire emissions. This information and many of these tools are applicable to Army installation manage-ment of prescribed burn smoke emissions. The Army already has the basic framework for developing SMPs within the installation-level Integrated Wildland Fire Management Plan that requires information on smoke management. However, this work discusses and recommends an approach for developing complete Army SMPs that align with the required elements of state/tribal SMPs. It is also recommended that a great deal of flexibility should be allowed in the installation-level SMP to account for variation in an installation’s need to control smoke emissions and to meet state regulatory requirements.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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