2017 Workshop: Smoke Tools

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At SFEC’s December 2016 Fire in Minnesota’s Forests workshop, the issue of smoke management during prescribed burns came up. We are offering a one-day hands-on indoor workshop reviewing available online tools and techniques to predict and manage smoke on your prescribed burns or on wildfire response.

You will need to bring a laptop, power cord, and information from burns on your home unit (location, size, rough idea of fuels present, rough idea of prescription [winds, relative humidity], and location of smoke sensitive receptors) to use the online tools during the workshop. If you don’t have this information, we can use sample or hypothetical numbers.

Note: Space is limited and you must register to attend.  Lunch will not be provided. 

Date: Wednesday March 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (check-in opens at 8:15 a.m.)
Location: Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, 402 SE 11th St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (map). Please enter the building through the marked Training Room Entrance. Go up the blue stairs, turn right, and turn right again.
Instructor:  Trent Wickman, US Forest Service, Eastern Region
Cost: This workshop is offered at no charge thanks to sponsorship from the US Forest Service, the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center, the Lake States Fire Sciences Consortium, and the University of Minnesota. 
Items to bring: laptop, power cord, lunch
Continuing Education Credits: TBD

PDF flyer and working draft agenda

Links and references:

Smoke Management resources from the Lake States Fire Consortium
Bluesky Playground  
AirNow Tech

MN PCA's Current Air Quality Index, including links to app and email air quality alerts.
MN DNR Prescribed Burn Handbook information and documents, including a link to the 2016 Minnesota Smoke Management Plan.

Photo: Mark Erickson / MNICS (source

Photos from the March 2017 Grand Rapids workshop:

Contact Us

Eli Sagor, SFEC Program Manager
esagor@umn.edu | 218-409-6115