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Missoula Fire Lab wildfire emission inventory

Status: 
Action
Dates: 
January, 2013

Wildfires are a major source of air pollutants in the United States. Wildfire smoke can trigger severe pollution episodes with substantial impacts on public health. In addition to acute episodes, wildfires can have a marginal effect on air quality at significant distances from the source presenting significant challenges to air regulators’ efforts to meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and improve visibility in National Parks and Wilderness Areas as required under the federal Regional Haze Rule. Improved emission estimates are needed to quantify the contribution of wildfires to air pollution and thereby inform decision making activities related to the control and regulation of anthropogenic air pollution sources.

For more information, please visit the complete project page at https://www.firelab.org/project/live-fuels-and-fire-behavior-research

PM2.5 emitted by wildfires and anthropogenic sources from June – September. Anthropogenic emission based on EPA National Emission Inventories.
PM2.5 emitted by wildfires and anthropogenic sources from June – September. Anthropogenic emission based on EPA National Emission Inventories.



Research Topics: 
Climate Change; Fire
National Strategic Program Areas: 
Water, Air, and Soil; Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Fire Sciences
Geography: 
National
Project Contact: 

Principal Investigators:
Collaborators:
Research Staff:
Rachel Corley - Missoula Fire Lab Research Staff