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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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Today, many tribes wish to use traditional knowledge (TK) and cultural burns in a contemporary setting to address issues of wildland fire and fuel management that have risen as a result of fire suppression policies. Here, the term TK is used in place of “TEK”, or traditional ecological knowledge, as TK is a more inclusive term that...
Author(s): Hannah Lopez, Frank K. Lake, Vita Wright
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Devastation of both natural and human habitats due to wildfires is becoming an increasingly prevalent global issue. Fire-adapted and fire-prone regions, such as California and parts of Australia, are experiencing more frequent and increasingly destructive wildfires, accompanied by longer wildfire seasons. Further, wildfires are...
Author(s): Clare Stawski, Anna C. Doty
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Smoke from human-induced fires such as prescribed fires can occasionally cause significant reduction in visibility on highways in the southern United States. Visibility reduction to less than three meters has been termed 'superfog' and environmental conditions that lead to its formation have been proposed previously. Accurate...
Author(s): Christian Bartolome, M. Princevac, David R. Weise, Shankar M. Mahalingam, Masoud Ghasemian, Akula Venkatram, Henry Vu, Guillermo Aguilar
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One approach to increase community resilience to wildfire impacts is the enhancement of residential construction standards in an effort to provide protective shelters for families within their own homes. Current wildfire models reviewed in this study assume fire growth is unrestricted by vegetation fuel bed geometry; the head fire...
Author(s): Greg Penney, Steven Richardson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Global fire regimes are shifting due to climate and land use changes. Understanding the responses of belowground communities to fire is key to predicting changes in the ecosystem processes they regulate. We conducted a comprehensive meta‐analysis of 1634 observations from 131 empirical studies to investigate the effect of fire on...
Author(s): Yamina Pressler, John C. Moore, M. Francesca Cotrufo
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research Highlights: The impact of variation in fuels and fuel dynamics among forest cover types on the outcome of fuel treatments is poorly understood. This study investigated the potential effects of treatment placement with respect to cover type on the development of potential fire behavior over time for 48 km2 of forest in...
Author(s): Seth A. Ex, Justin P. Ziegler, Wade T. Tinkham, Chad M. Hoffman
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson) is a prominent tree species in forests of the western United States. Wildfire activity in ponderosa pine dominated or co-dominated forests has increased dramatically in recent decades, with these recent wildfires often burning in an uncharacteristic manner due to past land...
Author(s): Julie E. Korb, Paula J. Fornwalt, Camille Stevens-Rumann
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire, a primary natural disturbance in many forests, affects soil nutrient availability and spatial distributions of forest plants. However, post-fire changes in soil nutrients and spatial patterns of understory environments at fine scales are poorly understood. Here, we characterized spatial patterns of soil nitrogen...
Author(s): Jian-jian Kong, Jian Yang, Bo Liu, Lin Qi
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Under conditions of increased fire season length and area affected by fire, stocks of carbon stored in forests are at increased risk of burning. While much research has investigated the immediate loss of above ground and below ground carbon stocks through combustion during a fire, there has been little research on subsequent organic...
Author(s): E. Stirling, Lynne M. Macdonald, Ron J. Smernik, T. R. Cavagnaro
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Whitebark pine populations are declining nearly range-wide, primarily from the exotic fungal pathogen that causes white pine blister rust (WPBR). Climate change is expected to exacerbate these declines by decreasing climatically suitable areas. Planting WPBR-resistant seedlings is a key restoration action, but it is costly, time...
Author(s): Elizabeth R. Pansing, Diana F. Tomback
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).