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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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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
Wildfire detection is a time-critical application as the difficulty to pinpoint ignition locations in a short time-frame often leads to the escalation of the severity of fire events. This problem has motivated considerable interest from expert systems research to develop accurate early-warning applications and the breakthroughs in...
Author(s): Maria João Sousa, Alexandra Moutinho, Miguel Almeida
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This perspective serves as a preface to the Topical Issue of Fire and presents an opportunity, framed within the classic approach of a thought experiment, to discuss how a new wildfire governance framework may be created from the ground up, if it were unencumbered by any existing construct, or experiences. It is not specific to any...
Author(s): Stephen D. Fillmore, Alistair M. S. Smith
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
Ecological droughts are deficits in soil–water availability that induce threshold-like ecosystem responses, such as causing altered or degraded plant-community conditions, which can be exceedingly difficult to reverse. However, 'ecological drought' can be difficult to define, let alone to quantify, especially at spatial and temporal...
Author(s): Rory O'Connor, Matthew J. Germino, David M Barnard, Caitlin M. Andrews, John Bradford, David S. Pilliod, Robert S. Arkle, Robert K. Shriver
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In frequent‐fire forests, wildland fire acts as a self‐ regulating process creating forest structures that consist of a fine‐grained mosaic of isolated trees, tree groups of various sizes, and non‐treed openings. Though the self‐regulation of forest structure through repeated fires is acknowledged, few studies have investigated the...
Author(s): Scott M. Ritter, Chad M. Hoffman, Michael A. Battaglia, Camille Stevens-Rumann, William E. Mell
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Understanding the soil heat and moisture transport is significant for assessing the living condition of vegetation and microorganisms in soils. Numerous studies have been conducted to understand the coupled soil heat and moisture transport under 'normal' environmental conditions; while this coupled transport under extremely high-...
Author(s): Ting Bao, Si Liu, Yinghong Qin, Zhen Liu
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme events, resulting in social and economic challenges. I examined recent past (1971–2000), current and near future (2010-2039), and future (2040-2069) fire and heat hazard combined with population growth by different regions and residential densities (i.e., exurban low and high...
Author(s): Brice B. Hanberry
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).