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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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Land treatments in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas are highly visible and subject to public scrutiny and possible opposition. This study examines a contested vegetation treatment-Forsythe II-in a WUI area of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. An initial phase of the research found vocal opposition to Forsythe II...
Author(s): Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Jody L. Jahn, Eric A. Vance, Juan Ahumada
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As the climate warms, drought will increasingly occur under elevated temperatures, placing forest ecosystems at growing risk of extensive dieback and mortality. In some cases, increases in tree density following early 20th-century fire suppression may exacerbate this risk. Treatments designed to restore historical stand structure...
Author(s): Alan J. Tepley, Sharon M. Hood, Christopher R. Keyes, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accumulating data indicate the importance of fire in rangeland systems. Mowing is a common management technique sometimes considered a surrogate for fire. However, direct comparisons of fire and mowing effects are limited. Our objective was to determine whether mowing can substitute for fire in rangeland by comparing effects on...
Author(s): Lance T. Vermeire, Dustin J. Strong, Emily A. Gates, Clayton B. Marlow, Richard C. Waterman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study examines 95 lightning-initiated wildfires and 1170 lightning flashes in the western United States between May and October 2017 to characterize lightning and precipitation rates and totals near the time of ignition. Eighty-nine percent of the wildfires examined were initiated by negative cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning...
Author(s): Brittany R. MacNamara, Christopher J. Schultz, Henry E. Fuelberg
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
After a more than a century of fighting to keep fire out of forests, reintroducing it is now an important management goal. Yet changes over the past century have left prescribed burning with a big job to do. Development, wildfire suppression, rising global temperatures, extended droughts, exotic species invasions, and longer fire...
Author(s): Sylvia Kantor, Becky K. Kerns, Michelle A. Day
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
A new burner is presented, designed to generate laminar and axisymmetric diffusion flames from wildland fuels. This burner consists of a porous sample holder where wildland fuel elements are deposited. The sample holder is mounted on a cylindrical structure which allows an oxidizer coflow injection around the fuel samples. When the...
Author(s): G. Severino, A. Cabrera, J. Contreras, P. Pinto, J.J. Cruz, A. Fuentes
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This document is a chapter within the Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires Living Edition. A fire adapted community (FAC) is comprised of residents, land management professionals, local politicians, emergency managers, and fire professionals who collaborate effectively to plan for, respond to, and...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Catrin Edgeley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire affects landscape ecohydrologic processes through feedbacks between fire effects, vegetation growth and water availability. Despite the links between these processes, fire is rarely incorporated dynamically into ecohydrologic models, which couple vegetation growth with water and nutrient fluxes. This omission has the...
Author(s): Ryan R. Bart, Maureen C. Kennedy, Christina Tague, Donald McKenzie
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With recent and predicted increases in the frequency and intensity of wildfires, there is a pressing need for mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of wildfires on human lives, infrastructure and biodiversity. One strategy involves the use of low-flammability plants to build green firebreaks at the wildland–urban interface. It...
Author(s): Brad R. Murray, Colin Brown, Megan L. Murray, Daniel W. Krix, Leigh J. Martin, Thomas Hawthorne, Molly I. Wallace, Summer A. Potvin, Jonathan K. Webb
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are exorbitantly cataclysmic disasters that lead to the destruction of forest cover, wildlife, land resources, human assets, reduced soil fertility and global warming. Every year wildfires wreck havoc across the globe. Therefore, there is a need of an efficient and reliable system for real-time wildfire monitoring to...
Author(s): Harkiran Kaur, Sandeep K. Sood
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).