Smoke and Air Quality | Region 10 | US EPA

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Smoke and Air Quality

There are many sources of smoke in our environment, including wood stoves in homes, backyard burning of yard waste, land clearing activities, wildfires, and controlled burns such agricultural and forest burning. State and local authorities have the primary responsibility to administer programs that control burning. Burning may also be conducted or controlled by federal agencies or Indian tribes.

Many types of programs are used to reduce the emissions and impacts of smoke, including wood stove removal or certification programs, burn permit programs, declaration of burn days or burn bans based on local weather and air quality conditions, and smoke management programs for large-scale controlled burns.

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