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... These changes heighten the risk of exposure to fire itself more broadly to fire emissions, which can travel thousands of miles and affect millions of people, creating local, regional, and national air quality and health concerns. In September 2020, the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, in collaboration with the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, convened a workshop to bring together atmospheric chemistry and health research communities, natural resource managers, and decision makers to discuss current knowledge and needs surrounding how wildland fire emissions affect air quality and human health.
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... Ground-based monitoring networks also serve as important information sources for determining air quality. Numerous workshop speakers commented that the existing monitoring network is useful but too sparse to adequately document wildland fire smoke exposure for many communities.
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... New and soon-to-be-available satellite data are anticipated to provide further insights into the complexity of wildland fires, while also balancing immediate forecasting information needs. Land management, including prescribed burning often combined with biomass thinning, can reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfire risk and associated air quality impacts.

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