Pocket Guide

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  1. Guidelines
  2. Understand and follow local, state, federal, and tribal prescribed fire laws and regulations
  3. Identify, map, and avoid impacting smoke sensitive areas
  4. Match appropriate smoke impact screening tools to burn complexity
  5. Notify appropriate parties (neighbors, public agencies, authorities) of intent to burn
  6. Use test fire to verify expected smoke dispersion
  7. Only burn when smoke dispersion conditions are favorable
  8. Be aware of other burning activity and sources of pollution in your area
  9. When feasible, use ignition patterns and methods which minimize smoke production
  10. Monitor changing weather conditions and respond to unintended smoke impacts
  11. Minimize impacts from smoldering smoke
  12. In high smoke risk areas, explore alternative methods to burning
  13. Enhance smoke management skills through training and experience