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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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Worldwide, regularly recurring wildfires shape many peatland ecosystems to the extent that fire‐adapted species often dominate plant communities, suggesting that wildfire is an integral part of peatland ecology rather than an anomaly. The most destructive blazes are smoldering fires that are usually initiated in periods of drought...
Author(s): Neal E. Flanagan, Hongjun Wang, Scott Winton, Curtis J. Richardson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Boreal peatlands represent a significant global store of soil carbon, which are subject to increasing natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Wildfire is the single largest disturbance to boreal forest and wetlands annually. Critical to the long‐term carbon storage function in peatlands is the (re‐) establishment of a near‐surface...
Author(s): Matthew Q. Morison, Richard M. Petrone, Sophie L. Wilkinson, A. Green, James M. Waddington
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We examined the seasonal distribution of lightning- and human-caused wildfires ≥ 2 ha in Canada for two time periods: 1959-2018 and 1981-2018. Furthermore, we investigated trends in seasonality, number of fires per year and number of days with fire starts per year for human- and lightning-caused fires. Nationally, lightning fires...
Author(s): Sean C. P. Coogan, Xinli Cai, Piyush Jain, Michael D. Flannigan
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a critical forest species of Northern Rocky Mountain upper subalpine ecosystems, yet little is known about the physiological response of whitebark pine to disturbance (e.g. fire, bark beetles, and pathogens) across a range of diverse environmental gradients. Resin-based defenses have long been...
Author(s): Nickolas E. Kichas, Sharon M. Hood, Gregory T. Pederson, Richard G. Everett, Dave McWethy
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain pine beetles (MPB) are a constant presence in the Rocky Mountain Region, with a long history of periodic outbreaks. The latest beetle epidemic, which lasted from the late 1990s until about 2012, was particularly impactful in Colorado, where an estimated 800 million lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees were killed. However, as...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron, Robert J. Cain
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper describes a new dataset mined from the public archive (1999–2014) of the U.S. National Incident Management System/Incident Command System Incident Status Summary Form (a total of 124,411 reports for 25,083 incidents, including 24,608 wildfires). This system captures detailed information on incident management costs,...
Author(s): Lise A. St. Denis, Nathan Mietkiewicz, Karen C. Short, Mollie Buckland, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuels are highly variable and dynamic in space and time, and fuel loading can vary considerably even within fine spatial scales and within specific fuel types, such as downed wood or organic soils. Given this inherent variability in fuel loadings, it is not good practice to represent all instances of a fuel type by the same set of...
Author(s): Nancy H. F. French, Michael Billmire, Susan J. Prichard, Maureen C. Kennedy, Donald McKenzie, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Novel combinations of fire regime and forest type are emerging in areas affected by climate change, fire exclusion, and other stressors. Species interactions following wildfire in these areas are not well understood. In Sierra Nevada mixed‐conifer forests, large patches of stand‐replacing fire were once rare but are becoming...
Author(s): Carmen L. Tubbesing, Robert A. York, Scott L. Stephens, John J. Battles
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During the past century, systematic wildfire suppression has decreased fire frequency and increased fire severity in the western United States of America. While this has resulted in large ecological changes aboveground such as altered tree species composition and increased forest density, little is known about the long‐term,...
Author(s): Nicholas C. Dove, Hugh Safford, Gabrielle N. Bohlman, Becky L. Estes, Stephen C. Hart
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Runoff increases after wildfires that burn vegetation and create a condition of soil-water repellence (SWR). A new post-fire watershed hydrological model, PFHydro, was created to explicitly simulate vegetation interception and SWR effects for four burn severity categories: high, medium, low severity and unburned. The model was...
Author(s): Jun Wang, Michelle A. Stern, Vanessa M. King, Charles N. Alpers, Nigel W.T. Quinn, Alan L. Flint, Lorraine E. Flint
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).