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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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Multiple, simultaneous environmental changes, in climatic/abiotic factors, interacting species, and direct human influences, are impacting natural populations and thus biodiversity, ecosystem services, and evolutionary trajectories. Determining whether the magnitudes of the population impacts of abiotic, biotic, and anthropogenic...
Author(s): William F. Morris, Johan Ehrlén, Johan P. Dahlgren, Alexander K. Loomis, Allison M. Louthan
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate predictions of how weather may affect a wildfire’s behavior are needed to protect crews on the line and efficiently allocate firefighting resources. Since 1988, fire meteorologists have used a tool called the Haines Index to predict days when the weather will exacerbate a wildfire. Although the Haines Index is widely...
Author(s): Andrea Watts, Brian E. Potter, Joseph J. Charney, Alan F. Srock
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a critical forest species of Northern Rocky Mountain upper subalpine ecosystems, yet little is known about the physiological response of whitebark pine to disturbance (e.g. fire, bark beetles, and pathogens) across a range of diverse environmental gradients. Resin-based defenses have long been...
Author(s): Nickolas E. Kichas, Sharon M. Hood, Gregory T. Pederson, Richard G. Everett, Dave McWethy
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mountain pine beetles (MPB) are a constant presence in the Rocky Mountain Region, with a long history of periodic outbreaks. The latest beetle epidemic, which lasted from the late 1990s until about 2012, was particularly impactful in Colorado, where an estimated 800 million lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees were killed. However, as...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron, Robert J. Cain
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper describes a new dataset mined from the public archive (1999–2014) of the U.S. National Incident Management System/Incident Command System Incident Status Summary Form (a total of 124,411 reports for 25,083 incidents, including 24,608 wildfires). This system captures detailed information on incident management costs,...
Author(s): Lise A. St. Denis, Nathan Mietkiewicz, Karen C. Short, Mollie Buckland, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The structure and composition of sagebrush‐dominated ecosystems have been altered by changes in fire regimes, land use, invasive species, and climate change. This often decreases resilience to disturbance and degrades critical habitat for species of conservation concern. Basin big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata)...
Author(s): Lisa M. Ellsworth, J. Boone Kauffman, Schyler A. Reis, David B. Sapsis, Kendra Moseley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In arid and semiarid ecosystems, invasion by exotic grasses may be driving state changes in vegetation defined by losses of native shrub communities. Changes in wildfire regimes and fall precipitation timing related to climate change may promote fluctuations in resource availability that reinforces invasion and state changes in...
Author(s): Tara B. B. Bishop, Baylie C. Nusink, Rebecca Lee Molinari, Justin B. Taylor, Samuel B. St. Clair
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Knowledge of how disturbances such as fire shape habitat structure and composition, and affect animal interactions, is fundamental to ecology and ecosystem management. Predators also exert strong effects on ecological communities, through top‐down regulation of prey and competitors, which can result in trophic cascades. Despite...
Author(s): William L. Geary, Tim S. Doherty, Dale G. Nimmo, Ayesha I. T. Tulloch, Euan G. Ritchie
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Boreal peatlands represent a significant global store of soil carbon, which are subject to increasing natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Wildfire is the single largest disturbance to boreal forest and wetlands annually. Critical to the long‐term carbon storage function in peatlands is the (re‐) establishment of a near‐surface...
Author(s): Matthew Q. Morison, Richard M. Petrone, Sophie L. Wilkinson, A. Green, James M. Waddington
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We examined the seasonal distribution of lightning- and human-caused wildfires ≥ 2 ha in Canada for two time periods: 1959-2018 and 1981-2018. Furthermore, we investigated trends in seasonality, number of fires per year and number of days with fire starts per year for human- and lightning-caused fires. Nationally, lightning fires...
Author(s): Sean C. P. Coogan, Xinli Cai, Piyush Jain, Michael D. Flannigan
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).