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EPA Studies Advance Air Monitoring During Wildfires and Improve Forecasting of Smoke

This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is testing air monitoring equipment during wildfires and studying wildfire emissions. The work is part of a scientific effort to evaluate regulatory and low-cost air sampling equipment during smoke conditions, better understand the chemistry of smoke, and improve models used to forecast where smoke from wildland fires will travel.

The Mobile Ambient Smoke Investigation Capability (MASIC) study that began in May will collect air measurements from both regulatory-grade and low-cost air sensors and determine their performance capabilities during large and intense wildfires.

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