THE INTERAGENCY REAL-TIME SMOKE
PARTICULATE MONITORING WEB SITE
Smoke management is a critical aspect of wildland fuels
reduction. Airborne smoke particulate, especially particulates smaller than 2.5
um in diameter (PM2.5), generated when burning biomass pose potential health,
visibility, safety, and nuisance problems. Forest and fire managers and air
quality specialists require real-time particulate concentrations to effectively
assess concerns when managing prescribed burns.
web site provides real-time smoke concentration data (along with some other
meteorological information) from portable smoke monitors. Historical data from
past monitoring efforts are also available.
data on this site from monitors deployed in support of fuels reduction
activities will assist fire managers in properly managing fire and smoke. In
addition to fuels reduction efforts, smoke monitors may also be deployed near
wildfires to assist State and local health departments determine the geographic
location and extent of health risks from smoke.
data presented for this site are collected in “near-real time” and are intended
only as an indicator of recent air quality. Data must be interpreted with
caution. The data have not been validated by human review and may contain
errors. These data are provided for public awareness and Federal Land Manager
review only. They should not be used in any medical or scientific study.
Contact your regional air program manager to obtain quality-assured quarterly
data summaries or access to fully-validated raw data.