Adam H. Putnam, Commissioner 

Forestry Smoke Screening Tool

Welcome to the Florida Forest Service's Internet Smoke Screening Tool (SST). The Florida Forest Service is the first in the nation to offer an internet-based Smoke Screening Tool that uses the latest computer technology and forecasted weather data to view the potential impacts from a smoke plume. Anyone can use the tool, but it is primarily designed to allow individuals who are planning on conducting acreage or pile burning to view a predicted smoke plume for the planned burn.

As long as all burn parameters are the same, you will see the same plume with the Smoke Screening Tool that the Florida Forest Service Duty Officer sees in the district office when they issue or deny an official authorization. To obtain a burn authorization, you will need to call the Florida Forest Service District Office in your area. Remember, the Smoke Screening Tool does not authorize a burn.

Note: Certified Burners may use the Internet Smoke Screening Tool for the required smoke screening plan in their written burn prescription. A screen print should be taken of the smoke plume and attached to the written burn prescription.

Current Version

Quick Tips

  • Requires java-script, pop-ups, and Microsoft Silverlight (Linux users: Moonlight)
  • Best viewed with MS Internet Explorer versions 6-8 or Mozilla Firefox.
  • Avoid double-clicking, which may cause errors. Single-click instead.
Use of this tool does not replace the issuance of an official Open Burning Authorization.

Disclaimer: The user assumes the entire risk related to their use of these data. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is providing these data "as is" and disclaims any and all warranties, whether expressed or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services be liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or lost profit resulting from any use or misuse of these data.
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