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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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Here, we show that the last century of fire suppression in the western U.S. has resulted in fire intensities that are unique over more than 900 years of record in ponderosa pine forests (Pinus ponderosa). Specifically, we use the heat-sensitive luminescence signal of archaeological ceramics and tree-ring fire histories to show that...
Author(s): Christopher I. Roos, T. M. Rittenour, Thomas W. Swetnam, Rachel A. Loehman, Kacy L. Hollenback, Matthew J. Liebmann, Dana Drake Rosenstein
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many large fires have burned in recent decades across western North America, and this trend is projected to continue as conditions become warmer and drier. Recovery processes have been studied more thoroughly 1-2 years post fire than in the longer term. Fuel and fire managers need better information on long-term post-fire ecosystem...
Author(s): Andrew T. Hudak, Leda N. Kobziar, Karen L. Riley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
1. Fire is a powerful ecological and evolutionary force that regulates organismal traits, population sizes, species interactions, community composition, carbon and nutrient cycling, and ecosystem function. It also presents a rapidly growing societal challenge, due to both increasingly destructive wildfires and fire exclusion in fire...
Author(s): Kendra K. McLauchlan, Philip E. Higuera, Jessica R. Miesel, Brendan M. Rogers, Jennifer A. Schweitzer, Jacquelyn Kremper Shuman, Alan J. Tepley, J. Morgan Varner, Thomas T. Veblen, Solny A. Adalsteinsson, Jennifer Balch, Enric Batllori, Erica R. Bigio, Paulo M. Brando, Megan E. Cattau, Janice L. Coen, Raelene M. Crandall, Lori D. Daniels, Neal J. Enright, Wendy S. Gross, Brian J. Harvey, Jeff A. Hatten, Sharon M. Hermann, Rebecca E. Hewitt, Leda N. Kobziar, Jennifer B. Landesmann, Michael M. Loranty, S. Yoshi Maezumi, Linda Mearns, Max A. Moritz, Jonathan A. Myers, Juli G. Pausas, Adam F. A. Pellegrini, William J. Platt, Jennifer Roozeboom, Hugh Safford, Fernanda Santos, Robert M. Scheller, Rosemary L. Sherriff, Kevin G. Smith, Melinda D. Smith, Adam C. Watts
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Synthesis
Background: Wildfire events are increasing in prevalence in the western United States. Research has found mixed results on the degree to which exposure to wildfire smoke is associated with an increased risk of mortality. Methods: We tested for an association between exposure to wildfire smoke and non-traumatic mortality in...
Author(s): Annie Doubleday, Jill Schulte, Lianne Sheppard, Matthew C. Kadlec, Ranil Dhammapala, Julie Fox, Tania M. Busch Isaksen
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Social acceptability of environmental management actions, such as prescribed burning used to reduce wildfire risk, is critical to achieving positive outcomes. However, environmental managers often need to implement strategies over a long time period, and sustaining long-term community support can be challenging. Public attention to...
Author(s): Melinda R. Mylek, Jacki Schirmer
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires shape landscapes and ecosystems, affecting health and infrastructure. Understanding the complex interactions between social organization, human activity and the natural environment that drive wildfire occurrence is becoming increasingly important as changing global environmental conditions combined with the expanding human...
Author(s): Yiannis Kountouris
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accumulating data indicate the importance of fire in rangeland systems. Mowing is a common management technique sometimes considered a surrogate for fire. However, direct comparisons of fire and mowing effects are limited. Our objective was to determine whether mowing can substitute for fire in rangeland by comparing effects on...
Author(s): Lance T. Vermeire, Dustin J. Strong, Emily A. Gates, Clayton B. Marlow, Richard C. Waterman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Shifting fire regimes are substantially changing North American forests. It is thus critical to understand how wildfires affect forest wildlife, especially for species managed for harvest and for species at risk of extinction. In particular, many populations of carnivores and ungulates are actively managed, so being able to...
Author(s): Logan A. Volkmann, Jenna Hutchen, Karen E. Hodges
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fungal assemblages after a large-scale disturbance can be diverse and have functionally important roles in forests. However, fungi include several functional groups, and the responses of these groups to different forest disturbances is poorly understood. For example, ectomycorrhizal fungi may facilitate the establishment of a new...
Author(s): Jari Kouki, Kauko Salo
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Thermal heterogeneity provides options for organisms during extreme temperatures that can contribute to their fitness. Sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) communities exhibit vegetation heterogeneity that creates thermal variation at fine spatial scales. However, fire can change vegetation and thereby variation within the thermal environment...
Author(s): Christopher R. Anthony, Christian A. Hagen, Katie M. Dugger, R. Dwayne Elmore
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).