Air sensors are increasingly being utilized to monitor air quality impacts from wildfires. In 2020, a low-cost sensor layer was added to the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map as part of the Sensor Data Pilot Project. The addition of this data layer increases the spatial resolution or air quality data which can help Tribes better visualize and respond to smoke impacting their community. This presentation will describe the information presented on the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map, show the value of air sensor data, highlight some important considerations when viewing the map, and discuss how the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map compares to the PurpleAir Map. This presentation will also provide an example of a tribal indoor/outdoor air sensor network and highlight guidance being developed to assist communities in developing a smoke monitoring plan using air sensors and to integrate that data into the AirNow Fire and Smoke Map.
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