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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 4,000 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).

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Accurately predicting fire spread and behaviour on the fireline, in the field, is highly important in order to prevent the loss of human life, improve the success of initial attack and better understand the potential fire behaviour, minimizing many risks for firefighters. We present the Wildfire Analyst™ Pocket Edition application (...
Author(s): Santiago Monedero, Joaquin Ramírez, Adrián Cardil
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent human-interface wildfires around the world have raised concerns regarding the reliability of freshwater supply flowing from severely burned watersheds. Degraded source water quality can often be expected after severe wildfire and can pose challenges to drinking water facilities by straining treatment response capacities,...
Author(s): Francois-Nicolas Robinne, Kevin D. Bladon, Uldis Silins, Monica B. Emelko, Michael D. Flannigan, Marc-Andre Parisien, Xianli Wang, Stefan W. Kienzle, Diane P. Dupont
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfire is an important ecological process in mixed conifer forests of the Intermountain West region of the USA. However, researchers and managers are concerned because climate warming has led to increased fire activity in recent decades. More area burned will result in larger land areas in early successional stages and...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, K.L. Satterberg, Andrew T. Hudak, John C. Byrne, Azad Henareh Khalyani, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Analysis was performed to determine whether a lightning flash could be associated with every reported lightning-initiated wildfire that grew to at least 4 km2. In total, 905 lightning-initiated wildfires within the Continental United States (CONUS) between 2012 and 2015 were analyzed. Fixed and fire radius search methods showed that...
Author(s): Christopher J. Schultz, Nicholas J. Nauslar, J. Brent Wachter, Christopher R. Hain, Jordan R. Bell
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There is evidence that forest resiliency is declining in the western US due to recent increases in both areas burned by wildfire and the number of large fires. Fire refugia may increase forest resiliency; however, for land managers to incorporate fire refugia into their management plans, methods need to be developed to identify and...
Author(s): Anthony Martinez, Arjan J. H. Meddens, Crystal A. Kolden, Andrew T. Hudak
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over recent decades, increases in substantial tree mortality events have coincided with severe drought and bark beetle outbreak. This has prompted forest managers to find treatments that enhance resistance to disturbances. Variable density thinning is an alternative management method intended to increase spatial heterogeneity, with...
Author(s): Jeffrey M. Kane, Alexis Bernal
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The increasing frequency and severity of fire and drought events have negatively impacted the capacity and success of reforestation efforts in many dry, western U.S. forests. Challenges to reforestation include the cost and safety concerns of replanting large areas of standing dead trees, and high seedling and sapling mortality...
Author(s): Malcolm P. North, Jens T. Stevens, David F. Greene, Michelle Coppoletta, Eric E. Knapp, Andrew Latimer, Christina M. Restaino, Ryan Tompkins, Kevin R. Welch, Robert A. York, Derek J. N. Young, Jodi Axelson, Thomas N. Buckley, Becky L. Estes, Rachel N. Hager, Jonathan Long, Marc D. Meyer, Steven M. Ostoja, Hugh Safford, Kristen L. Shive, Carmen L. Tubbesing, Heather Vice, Dana Walsh, Chhaya M. Werner, Peter Wyrsch
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Predicting water suppression requirements and its impacts on firefighting strategies and logistics within the urban environment has been the subject of many previous studies, however the same level of research has yet to be applied in the realm of wildfire suppression. To work towards addressing this knowledge gap, this paper...
Author(s): Greg Penney, Daryoush Habibi, Marcus Cattani, Murray Carter
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This work presents development of an algorithm to reduce the spatial uncertainty of active fire locations within the 1 km MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS Aqua and Terra) daytime detection footprint. The algorithm is developed using the finer 500 m reflective bands by leveraging on the increase in 2.13 μm...
Author(s): Sanath S. Kumar, Joshua J. Picotte, Birgit Peterson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
From mid-2002 to mid-2007, the State of Florida spent an average of $500,000 annually on fire prevention education to reduce four main types of fires ignited by humans: 1. debris-burning escapes, 2. campfire escapes, 3. children playing with fire, and 4. wildfires associated with smoking materials.
Author(s): L. Annie Hermansen-Baez, Jeffrey P. Prestemon, David T. Butry, Karen L. Abt, Ronda Sutphen
Year Published: 2019
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).