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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 4,800 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 Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, 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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Wildfire occurrence and severity is predicted to increase in the upcoming decades with severe negative impacts on human societies. The impacts of upwind wildfire activity on glacier melt, a critical source of freshwater for downstream environments, were investigated through analysis of field and remote sensing observations and...
Author(s): Caroline Aubry-Wake, André Bertoncini, John W. Pomeroy
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Analyses of the effects of topography, weather, land management, and fuel on fire severity are increasingly common, and generally apply fire severity indices derived from satellite optical remote sensing. However, these indices are commonly interpreted with insufficient appreciation for their limitations and may be inappropriately...
Author(s): Matthew G. Gale, Geoffrey J. Cary
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As the effects of climate change accumulate and intensify, resource managers juggle existing goals and new mandates to operationalize adaptation. Fire managers contend with the direct effects of climate change on resources in addition to climate-induced disruptions to fire regimes and subsequent ecosystem effects. In systems...
Author(s): Martha Sample, Andrea E. Thode, Courtney L. Peterson, Michael R. Gallagher, William T. Flatley, Megan Friggens, Alexander M. Evans, Rachel A. Loehman, Shaula J. Hedwall, Leslie A. Brandt, Maria K. Janowiak, Christopher W. Swanston
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As the frequency and severity of wildfires escalates in many regions, the study of fire-resilient forestry practices becomes crucial. While forest owners may employ several silvicultural practices to mitigate fire damage, the analytical study of optimal forest management has been reduced to the effects of fire on optimal rotation...
Author(s): João V. Patto, Renato Rosa
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Numerous wildfire management agencies and institutions rely primarily on simple risk approaches to wildfire that focus on technical risk assessments that do not reflect the complexity of contemporary wildfire risk. This review paper argues that such insufficiently complex conceptualizations of risk, which do not account for the...
Author(s): Maureen Essen, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Jesse Abrams, Travis B. Paveglio
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We evaluated the effects of postfire management on forest structure in mixed-conifer forests of northeastern Washington, USA. Postfire treatments were harvest-only, harvest combined with planting, planting-only, and postfire prescribed fire. We used aerial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to measure vertical and horizontal...
Author(s): C. Alina Cansler, Van R. Kane, Bryce N. Bartl-Geller, Derek J. Churchill, Paul F. Hessburg, Nicholas A. Povak, James A. Lutz, Jonathan T. Kane, Andrew J. Larson
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In ecosystems where trees and grasses coexist, some grass species are found only in open habitats and others persist under trees. The persistence of shade intolerant grasses in ecosystems such as open woodlands and savannas depends on recurrent fires to open the tree canopy. Therefore, grasses that depend on open sites might benefit...
Author(s): Xiulin Gao, Dylan W. Schwilk
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In forest fires, the fire plume can heat tree crowns and cause the mortality of live vegetation, even though the surface fire spread is of low burning intensity. A lot of empirical or semi-empirical correlations have been built to link the fire intensity and flame height to the crown scorch height. These correlations lack the basic...
Author(s): Kuibin Zhou, Albert Simeoni
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Motivation: Rapid climate change is altering plant communities around the globe fundamentally. Despite progress in understanding how plants respond to these climate shifts, accumulating evidence suggests that disturbance could not only modify expected plant responses but, in some cases, have larger impacts on compositional shifts...
Author(s): Joseph D. Napier, Melissa L. Chipman
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The 2018-2021 wildfire seasons were a glimpse of the future: deadly damaging fires in Mediterranean regions and high fire activity outside the typical fire season, also in temperate and boreal areas. This challenge cannot be solved with the traditional mono-disciplinary approach of fire suppression. There is a critical need to...
Author(s): Cathelijine Stoof, Nick Kettridge
Year Published: 2022
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).