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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 2,900 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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242 results

If you were involved in the 2008 fire season in the West, you may have heard the term "Key Decision Log" or "KDL." This article describes the KDL concept, it's intent (past and present), how it was applied in 2008, and where the practice is heading.
Author(s): Anne E. Black
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over the last 20 years, the duties of US fire professionals have become more complex and risk laden because of fuel load accumulation, climate change, and the increasing wildland-urban interface. Incorporation of fire use and ecological principles into fire management policies has further expanded the range of expertise and...
Author(s): Leda N. Kobziar, Monique E. Rocca, Christopher A. Dicus, Chad M. Hoffman, Neil G. Sugihara, Andrea E. Thode, J. Morgan Varner, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Forest Service authorizes broad scale wildland fire use (WFU) both inside and outside wilderness areas in many western forests; but, will agency authorization alone lead to implementation? Understanding barriers and facilitators to WFU implementation is critical for establishing realistic program expectations and providing a...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Martha A. Williamson, Dustin Doane
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A methodology for incident decomposition and reconstruction is developed based on the concept of an "event-frame model." The event-frame model characterizes a fire incident in terms of (a) environmental events that pertain to the fire and the fire context (e.g., fire behavior, weather, fuels) and (b) management events that represent...
Author(s): Donald G. MacGregor, Armando Gonzalez-Caban
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In the United States, federal public land managers are tasked with serving as stewards of land, but also as stewards of the relationships that people have with the land. By assessing the public’s trust in the actions of land managers, insight can be gained into how good of a job managers are doing. This paper outlines a number of...
Author(s): Adam Liljeblad, Alan E. Watson, William T. Borrie
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Wildland fire knows no political boundaries, nor should efforts to address its risk. Collaboration is not a new idea; many examples of natural resource managers and community groups working together can be found in forest management planning, watershed restoration, and wildland fire suppression (Sturtevant et al. 2005). Direction...
Author(s): Victoria Sturtevant, Pamela J. Jakes
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Thousands of firefighters across the United States have been influenced by the first edition of “Managing the Unexpected”. In this second edition, the authors continue their analysis of high reliability organizations (HRO’s), which are organizations that routinely operate in high risk environments (where the consequences of failure...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
United States wildland fire policy and program reviews in 1995 and 2000 required both the reduction of hazardous fuel and recognition of fire as a natural process. Despite the fact that existing policy permits managing natural ignitions to meet resource benefits, or Wildland Fire Use (WFU), most fuel reduction projects rely on...
Author(s): Martha A. Williamson
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Federal land managers and the public engage in many decisions about stewardship of wilderness in the United States, including decisions about stewardship of fire. To date, social science research lacks a holistic examination of the decision-making context of managers and the public about stewardship of fire inside wilderness and...
Author(s): Katie Knotek
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this paper we discuss four principles identified through recent research for effective citizen-agency communication and examine their use in accomplishing fire management objectives. Principles include the following: (1) effective communication is a product of effective planning; (2) both unidirectional (one-way) and interactive...
Author(s): Eric Toman, Bruce A. Shindler
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).