RX-410, Smoke Management Techniques, 2003

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This course leads students through the ecological and historical role of fire, characteristics of smoke and the health, safety and visibility impacts of smoke. Other topics include public relations, legal requirements, meteorology, fuel consumption, smoke production dispersion modeling, and operational smoke management strategies. This course is designed to be interactive in nature. It contains a panel discussion, several exercises designed to facilitate group and class participation and case studies from a variety of fuel types and political challenges. The pre-course work assignment is designed to familiarize students with the NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire, PMS 420-2, and air quality regulations that impact prescribed fire programs.


The overall objective of this course is to provide land managers with the knowledge to manage smoke and reduce its impacts on public health and welfare. Given existing and potential air quality regulations, political and social sensitivities, students will be able to:

  • Predict, manage, and monitor prescribed fire smoke.
  • Describe the legal, professional, and ethical reasons for managing smoke.
  • Describe the roles of federal, state, and local agencies and organizations involved with and affected by smoke from prescribed fire.

Target Group

Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1), Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2),  and the Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN).
Other positions that would benefit from RX-410 include Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO), air regulators, fire ecologists, private landowners, other state and private agencies, prescribed fire consultants, fire planners.


RX-410 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work2
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours34

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for RX-410 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Students should have a background in prescribed fire planning, implementing, monitoring, permitting or smoke/air regulating.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level

Regional, state, or area


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