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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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Soil heating caused by prescribed or wildland fire commonly focuses on a single biological thermal threshold of 60 °C for the duration of one minute to represent organism death. This metric severely misrepresents the heterogeneity of the soil environment, the physiological attributes and tolerances of organisms, and the complexity...
Author(s): Melissa R.A. Pingree, Leda N. Kobziar
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire dynamics are a complex three-dimensional turbulent process. Cellular automata (CA) is an efficient tool to predict fire dynamics, but the main parameters of the method are challenging to estimate. To overcome this challenge, we compute statistical distributions of the key parameters of a CA model using infrared images...
Author(s): Miles Currie, Kevin Speer, J. Kevin Hiers, Joseph J. O'Brien, Scott L. Goodrick, Bryan Quaife
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire is one of the most widely advocated management practices for reducing wildfire hazard and has a long and rich tradition rooted in indigenous and local ecological knowledge. The scientific literature has repeatedly reported that prescribed fire is often the most effective means of achieving such goals by reducing...
Author(s): Crystal A. Kolden
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel treatments are designed with multiple management goals, including improving suppression capacity and restoring the historical structure of dry forests. Fuelbreaks are a class of fuel treatment that remove fuels within a wide strip of land, with an overarching objective to reduce fire behavior and provide safe access for...
Author(s): Maureen C. Kennedy, Morris C. Johnson, Kendra Fallon, Deborah Mayer
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Socioeconomic factors (e.g. rural abandonment, monoculture plantations) and global warming are changing fire regimes (fire intensity, extent, and frequency) in fire-prone regions such as the Mediterranean Basin. Understanding the factors that shape responses of animal communities to fire is a key objective for biodiversity...
Author(s): Brahim Chergui, Soumia Fahd, Xavier Santos
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Poor air quality arising from prescribed and wildfire smoke emissions poses threats to human health and therefore must be taken into account for the planning and implementation of prescribed burns for reducing contemporary fuel loading and other management goals. To better understand how smoke properties vary as a function of fuel...
Author(s): Kellen N. Nelson, Jayne M. Boehmler, Andrey Y. Khlystov, Hans Moosmuller, Vera Samburova, Chiranjivi Bhattarai, Eric M. Wilcox, Adam C. Watts
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Concern is mounting that larger, stand-replacing forest fires may accelerate compositional shifts or conversions to non-forested states under a warming climate. Post-fire climatic conditions influence system trajectories by facilitating or hindering juvenile recruitment. But without an accurate, long-term understanding...
Author(s): Caitlin E. Littlefield
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With more frequent and destructive wildfires occurring in the growing wildland-urban interface (WUI), the ability to ensure the safe evacuation of potentially large groups of people is of increasing importance. This is a challenging task made only more difficult by the fact that there is often little warning and that evacuations...
Author(s): Lauren H. Folk, Erica D. Kuligowski, Steven M. V. Gwynne, John A. Gales
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests have been declining throughout their range in Western North America from the combined effects of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreaks, fire exclusion policies, and the exotic disease white pine blister rust. Projected warming and drying trends in climate may exacerbate...
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Satellite-derived spectral indices such as the relativized burn ratio (RBR) allow fire severity maps to be produced in a relatively straightforward manner across multiple fires and broad spatial extents. These indices often have strong relationships with field-based measurements of fire severity, thereby justifying their widespread...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Michael J. Koontz, Luke Collins, Ellen Whitman, Marc-Andre Parisien, Rachel A. Loehman, Jennifer L. Barnes, Jean-François Bourdon, Jonathan Boucher, Yan Boucher, Anthony C. Caprio, Adam Collingwood, Ronald J. Hall, Jane Park, Lisa B. Saperstein, Charlotte Smetanka, Rebecca J. Smith, Nicholas O. Soverel
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).