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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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This study provides much needed insight into the development of resistance to disturbance and growth dynamics of overstory trees in response to restoration-based fuel reduction, and will be useful to scientists and managers attempting to better grasp the relative merits of restoration treatment types. Background and Objectives:...
Author(s): Justin S. Crotteau, Christopher R. Keyes
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Litter is the predominant fuel that drives surface fire behavior in most fire-prone forest and woodland ecosystems. The flammability of litter is driven by fuel characteristics, environmental factors, and the interactive effects of the two. Solar radiation can influence litter flammability through its effect on fuel...
Author(s): Jesse K. Kreye, Jeffrey M. Kane, J. Morgan Varner, J. Kevin Hiers
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
SUMMARY: For more than a century in the US we have been suppressing fires, with unexpected and undesirable outcomes particularly in fire adapted and dependent ecosystems. Fires are increasing in size and duration, resulting in substantial loss of life and property. It is time for a different approach in wildland fire management....
Author(s): Richard D. Stratton
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The fire radiative power (FRP) of active fires (AFs) is routinely assessed with spaceborne sensors. MODIS is commonly used, and its 1 km nadir pixel size provides a minimum per-pixel FRP detection limit of ~5-8 MW, leading to undercounting of AF pixels with FRPs of less than around 10 MW. Since most biomes show increasing AF pixel...
Author(s): Samuel Sperling, Martin J. Wooster, Bruce D. Malamud
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana, USA) have been immense in recent years, capturing the attention of resource managers, fire scientists, and the general public. This paper synthesizes understanding of the potential effects of changing climate and fire regimes on Pacific...
Author(s): Jessica E. Halofsky, David L. Peterson, Brian J. Harvey
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Variations in global patterns of burning and fire regimes are relatively well measured, however, the degree of influence of the complex suite of biophysical and human drivers of fire remains controversial and incompletely understood. Such an understanding is required in order to support current fire management and to predict the...
Author(s): Hamish G. Clarke, Trent D. Penman, Matthias M. Boer, Geoffrey J. Cary, Joseph B. Fontaine, Owen F. Price, Ross A. Bradstock
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Extreme, downslope mountain winds often generate dangerous wildfire conditions. We used the wildfire spread model Fire Area Simulator (FARSITE) to simulate two wildfires influenced by strong wind events in Santa Barbara, CA. High spatial-resolution imagery for fuel maps and hourly wind downscaled to 100 m were used as model inputs,...
Author(s): Katelyn Zigner, Leila M. V. Carvalho, Seth H. Peterson, Francis M. Fujioka, Gert-Jan Duine, Charles Jones, Dar A. Roberts, Max A. Moritz
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

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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).