Emission reduction technique (ERT)

Strategies for minimizing smoke emitted per unit area from prescribed fires that minimize the amount of smoke emitted per unit area treated. These can include but are not limited to reducing fuel load, reducing fuel production, reducing fuel consumed, and scheduling burns before new burns occur, increase combustion efficiency. Examples of reducing the amount of fuels burning include burning before large fuels cure or mechanical fuel removal. Other techniques rely on increased combustion efficiency such as pile burning.

Source: Hardy, Colin C., Ottmar, Roger D., Peterson, Janice L., Core, John E., and Seamon, Paula. 2001. Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed and Wildland Fire 2001 Edition. Produced by the National Wildfire coordinating Group Fire Use Working Team.