Wildland Fire and Smoke Sciences

Wildland Fire and Smoke Sciences

Advance your fire planning and decision-making process to reduce wildland fire and smoke impacts.

Our team applies science and technology to help researchers and practitioners in air quality, public health, fire protection, and fire ecology professions better understand and address the risks and impacts of wildland fires.

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ShihMing Huang
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Manager, Wildland Fire and Smoke Program / Senior Air Quality Scientist

Wildland Fire and Smoke Information

Enable smarter planning, management, and responses with the best available information on fire, smoke, and air quality in your area.

Situational Awareness

Rely on the best science and technology to stay informed of the current conditions and outlook of fire events, smoke emissions and transport, and air quality impacts.

Fire Occurrence and Growth Analysis

Characterize fire regime with comprehensive fire history and growth data that are based on satellite fire detections and ground reports.

Fire Weather

Advance the understanding of fire weather and improve wildland fire preparedness, prevention, and smoke management through innovative research and applications.

Prescribed Fire Support

Facilitate prescribed fire planning using fine-resolution climatological fire weather and smoke transport data.   

Fire Weather Research and Applications

Expand the use of weather forecasts, climate data, and upper-air instruments in fire weather research and applications.

Smoke Modeling and Analysis

Use modeling and data science to simulate and assess smoke emissions and air quality impacts from wildfires and prescribed fires.

Smoke Impact Analysis

Quantify smoke emissions (e.g., fine particulate matter and greenhouse gases) and model air quality impacts from local to national scales for past, current, and future scenarios to inform planning and management decisions.

Exposure Assessment

Leverage measured and simulated air quality data to assess exposures to wildland fire smoke in health and air quality studies.

Exceptional Events Support

Prepare wildfire particulate matter and ozone exceptional event demonstrations that meet EPA’s requirements. Sonoma Technology develops exceptional event demonstrations for clients across the country.

Pre-Fire Planning

Prepare your department and the public for the dangers of wildfires with our planning services.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Leverage our technical expertise to develop a plan that reflects your district's unique vegetation, terrain, weather, and land use. We can help you address your community’s needs and concerns.

Fire Hazard and Risk Assessment

Assess the wildfire threat to your community holistically using data- and model-driven insights on fire regime, risks, built environment, and weather patterns.

Fuels Treatment Assessment

Evaluate the effectiveness and benefits of fuels treatments on project and landscape scales with fuel, fire behavior, and forest growth models.

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