Controlled Burns

Protecting Rural Schoolchildren from Prescribed Fire Emissions

modest flames burn along the ground beneath a field of pine trees as a firefighter walks through the background

A $1 million award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will help researchers in Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering develop tactics to protect children from harmful emissions from controlled wildland burns. The initiative will provide equipment and new communications approaches in middle and high schools in Albany and Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala. Georgia Tech is focusing on the three cities because of their proximity to regular controlled burns, in addition to the communities’ lower socioeconomic statuses.

Thursday, September 23, 2021
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