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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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Within the realms of both wildland and prescribed fire, an understanding of how fire severity and forest structure interact is critical for improving fuels treatment effectiveness, quantifying the ramifications of wildfires, and improving fire behavior modeling. We integrated high resolution estimates of fire severity with multi-...
Author(s): Nick Skowronski, Michael R. Gallagher, Timothy A. Warner
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Frequent-fire forests of the western United States have undergone remarkable changes in structure, composition, and function due to historical exclusion of naturally occurring fire. Mechanized tree thinning to reduce forest density and fuel loads tends to be expensive and cannot be effectively implemented across all...
Author(s): David W. Huffman, John Paul Roccaforte, Judith D. Springer, Joseph E. Crouse
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The realm of wildland fire science encompasses both wild and prescribed fires. Most of the research in the broader field has focused on wildfires, however, despite the prevalence of prescribed fires and demonstrated need for science to guide its application. We argue that prescribed fire science requires a fundamentally different...
Author(s): J. Kevin Hiers, Joseph J. O'Brien, J. Morgan Varner, Bret W. Butler, Matthew B. Dickinson, James Furman, Michael R. Gallagher, David R. Godwin, Scott L. Goodrick, Sharon M. Hood, Andrew T. Hudak, Leda N. Kobziar, Rodman Linn, E. Louise Loudermilk, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Kevin M. Robertson, Eric Rowell, Nick Skowronski, Adam C. Watts, Kara M. Yedinak
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: The Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) program has been providing the fire science community with large fire perimeter and burn severity data for the past 14 years. As of October 2019, 22 969 fires have been mapped by the MTBS program and are available on the MTBS website (https://www.mtbs.gov(link is external))....
Author(s): Joshua J. Picotte, Krishna Bhattarai, Danny Howard, Jennifer Lecker, Justin Epting, Brad Quayle, Nathan C. Benson, Kurtis J. Nelson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The 3D structure of a fire front propagating through a homogeneous porous solid-fuel layer was studied numerically at laboratory and field scales. At laboratory scale, wind-tunnel fires propagating through laser-cut cardboard fuel were numerically reproduced, while at field scale, simulations of grassland fires with quasi-infinite...
Author(s): N. Frangieh, Gilbert Accary, D. Morvan, Sofiane Meradji, Oleg Bessonov
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We present a method to quantify and map the probability of fires reaching the vicinity of assets in a wildfire-prone region, by extending a statistical fire spread model developed on historical fire patterns in the Sydney region, Australia. It calculates the mean probability of fire spreading along sample lines around assets,...
Author(s): Owen F. Price, Michael Bedward
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Previous research has demonstrated that remote sensing can provide spectral information related to vegetation moisture variations essential for estimating live fuel moisture content (LFMC), but accuracy and timeliness still present challenges to using this information operationally. Consequently, many regional administrations are...
Author(s): Eva Marino, Marta Yebra, Mariluz Guillén-Climent, Nur Algeet, José Luis Tomé, Javier Madrigal, Mercedes Guijarro, Carmen Hernando
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fine particulate matter emissions (PM2.5) from landscape biomass fires, both prescribed and wild, pose a significant public health risk, with smoke exposure seasonally impacting human populations through both highly concentrated local plumes, and more dispersed regional haze. A range of technologies now exist for mapping and...
Author(s): Grant J. Williamson, Christopher Lucani
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Broadband high-speed absorption spectroscopy using swept-wavelength external cavity quantum cascade lasers (ECQCLs) is applied to measure multiple pyrolysis and combustion gases in biomass burning experiments. Two broadly-tunable swept-ECQCL systems were used, with the first tuned over a range of 2089-2262 cm−1 (4.42–4.79 µm) to...
Author(s): Mark C. Phillips, Tanya L. Myers, Timothy J. Johnson, David R. Weise
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The dynamics of wood crib fires were investigated under fire whirl (FW) and free burning (FB) conditions in a small-scale apparatus. For open-packed cribs, the burning rates and fire spread rates of the FB and FW cribs were almost identical. However, as the number of sticks per layer (n) increased from 3 to 7, the burning rate for...
Author(s): Monica T. Diab, Jan B. Haelssig, Michael J. Pegg
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).