Prescribed Fire Smoke and Air Quality- A Case Study from the Flint Hills of Kansas

Fire is frequently applied to many types of ecosystems for land management purposes.  Smoke components from these prescribed burns can contribute to exceedances of air quality standards.  Impaired air quality can lead to additional regulation of activities that contribute to air pollution, including prescribed burning.

The State of Kansas, with the assistance of many stakeholders, has developed a smoke management plan to address air quality concerns caused by the annual burning of the tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas.  In this region, prescribed burning usually occurs during April, and is concentrated on days with good weather conditions for conducting prescribed burns.  On days with thousands of acres burning, there is the potential for negatively affecting air quality downwind through the contribution of particulate matter and ozone precursors from these fires. In this webinar key players in the development of the Kansas smoke management plan and associated smoke management tools will outline their experiences, offering insights to land managers in other regions as to what has worked in Kansas.  

by: Carol Blocksome, Doug Watson, Tom Gross, Josh Tapp, and Gina Grier

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