ARB Smoke Management Outreach Protocol
This page last reviewed January 12, 2010
As part of the California Air Resources Board’s
directive to assist stakeholders with implementation of California’s
Smoke Management Program, the Title 17 Smoke
Management Public Education and Outreach Working Group (membership)
developed the Prescribed Burning Public Outreach Protocol. The Protocol
identifies a smoke management message, and outreach materials
and approaches – including an outreach timeline
-- that land and air managers can use to help educate the public about
prescribed burning and smoke management. The Protocol is embodied in the
ARB Smoke Management Program Public Education and Outreach Web Page.
- The build up of vegetative fuels over past decades - together with
the expansion of populated communities into wildland areas - has led
to increased risk of public health and safety impacts from catastrophic
- Prescribed burning is one of a number of vegetation management tools
used to help decrease fuels build up, reduce the risk of catastrophic
wild fire and restore forests health.
- Land and air managers work together, under the framework of the California
Smoke Management Guidelines and local air district rules, to minimize
potential smoke impacts associated with prescribed burning.
- Sound planning, data collection & evaluation, land/air manager
communication & coordination and the use of alternatives to prescribed
burning whenever feasible, are the cornerstones of the smoke management
Public Outreach Protocol Elements:
Want more information on Air
Quality and Land Management in your area?
- Contact your Air District for
local air quality and permitting information
- Contact your local Land Manager for forest
resource management information
- Contact your local Fire
Safe Council to learn what you can do to reduce your risk of wildfire
This page updated
May 12, 2003.
Smoke Management Program