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Wildland Fire Smoke in the United States

A Scientific Assessment

  • Provides a roadmap for improving smoke and fire management

  • Documents the current understanding of smoke science

  • Addresses the issues surrounding the production of smoke from wildland fires

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Assessing the State of Smoke Science

    • Daniel A. Jaffe, David L. Peterson, Sarah M. McCaffrey, John A. Hall, Timothy J. Brown
    Pages 1-10Open Access
  3. Fuels and Consumption

    • Susan J. Prichard, Eric M. Rowell, Andrew T. Hudak, Robert E. Keane, E. Louise Loudermilk, Duncan C. Lutes et al.
    Pages 11-49Open Access
  4. Fire Behavior and Heat Release as Source Conditions for Smoke Modeling

    • Scott L. Goodrick, Leland W. Tarnay, Bret A. Anderson, Janice L. Coen, James H. Furman, Rodman R. Linn et al.
    Pages 51-81Open Access
  5. Smoke Plume Dynamics

    • Yongqiang Liu, Warren E. Heilman, Brian E. Potter, Craig B. Clements, William A. Jackson, Nancy H. F. French et al.
    Pages 83-119Open Access
  6. Emissions

    • Shawn P. Urbanski, Susan M. O’Neill, Amara L. Holder, Sarah A. Green, Rick L. Graw
    Pages 121-165Open Access
  7. Smoke Chemistry

    • Matthew J. Alvarado, Kelley C. Barsanti, Serena H. Chung, Daniel A. Jaffe, Charles T. Moore
    Pages 167-198Open Access
  8. Social Considerations: Health, Economics, and Risk Communication

    • Sarah M. McCaffrey, Ana G. Rappold, Mary Clare Hano, Kathleen M. Navarro, Tanya F. Phillips, Jeffrey P. Prestemon et al.
    Pages 199-237Open Access
  9. Resource Manager Perspectives on the Need for Smoke Science

    • Janice L. Peterson, Melanie C. Pitrolo, Donald W. Schweizer, Randy L. Striplin, Linda H. Geiser, Stephanie M. Holm et al.
    Pages 239-277Open Access
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 279-341

About this book

This open access book synthesizes current information on wildland fire smoke in the United States, providing a scientific foundation for addressing the production of smoke from wildland fires. This will be increasingly critical as smoke exposure and degraded air quality are expected to increase in extent and severity in a warmer climate. Accurate smoke information is a foundation for helping individuals and communities to effectively mitigate potential smoke impacts from wildfires and prescribed fires. The book documents our current understanding of smoke science for (1) primary physical, chemical, and biological issues related to wildfire and prescribed fire, (2) key social issues, including human health and economic impacts, and (3) current and anticipated management and regulatory issues. Each chapter provides a summary of priorities for future research that provide a roadmap for developing scientific information that can improve smoke and fire management over the next decade.


  • Wildland Fire and Smoke
  • Global Warming and Climate Change
  • Smoke Plumes
  • Fire related Physical, Chemical and Biological Issues
  • Smoke and Fire Management
  • Smoke Impacts from Wild and Planned Fires
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Washington, Seattle, USA

    David L. Peterson

  • Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, USA

    Sarah M. McCaffrey

  • Washington Office, USDA Forest Service, Washington, USA

    Toral Patel-Weynand

About the editors

David L. Peterson is a Professor of Forest Biology at the University of Washington and formerly a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. He has conducted research on fire science and climate change throughout the western United States, was affiliated with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and co-led the Forests chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. He currently works on interdisciplinary teams to develop climate change assessments and adaptation strategies for national forests and other public lands.

Sarah McCaffrey, Ph.D. is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Her research focuses on the social aspects of fire management. This has included projects examining risk perception, social acceptability of prescribed fire, homeowner mitigation decisions, risk communication, and social issues that occur during and after fires such as evacuation decision making and agency-community interactions.  More recent work has focused on internal fire management considerations including barriers to use of fire as a management tool.

Dr. Toral Patel-Weynand is the Director of Sustainable Forest Management Research for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. She has co-authored several U.S. National Assessments such as the Climate Change and United States Forests assessment. Other national assessments include the first-ever scientific assessment on agroforestry as a mechanism for improving the resiliency and productivity of farm and ranch lands and an assessment of nontimber forest products. Most recent publications include the Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States and Forests and Rangeland Soils of the United States Under Changing Conditions.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Wildland Fire Smoke in the United States

  • Book Subtitle: A Scientific Assessment

  • Editors: David L. Peterson, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Toral Patel-Weynand

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: This is a U.S. government work and not under copyright protection in the U.S.; foreign copyright protection may apply 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87044-7Published: 12 August 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-87047-8Published: 12 August 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-87045-4Published: 11 August 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 341

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Natural Hazards, Fire Ecology, Forestry, Pollution, Biological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)