Smoke Management Program

prescribed fire

The purpose of the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) Smoke Management Program (SMP) is to coordinate and facilitate the management of prescribed outdoor burning on lands in Washoe County, while minimizing smoke impacts and protecting public health.  The Washoe County District Board of Health adopted the Washoe County SMP on June 25, 2020.

Prescribed fires are set by forest managers during less flammable weather conditions and kept within control lines so the fire is of low severity, consuming fuels that would otherwise burn at high severity during dangerous weather. Though they may temporarily impact air quality, prescribed fires are an important tool to prevent the outbreak and spread of serious wildfires. 

Prescribed Fire Information