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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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As forest fire activity increases worldwide, it is important to track changing patterns of burn severity (i.e., degree of fire‐caused ecological change). Satellite data provide critical information across space and time, yet how satellite indices relate to individual measures of burn severity on the ground (e.g., tree mortality or...
Author(s): Brian J. Harvey, Robert A. Andrus, Sean C. Anderson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfires, like many disturbances, can be catalysts for ecosystem change. Given projected climate change, tree regeneration declines and ecosystem shifts following severe wildfires are predicted. We reviewed scientific literature on post-fire tree regeneration to understand where and why no or few trees established. We...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The persistence of wildlife species in fire‐prone ecosystems is under increasing pressure from global change, including alterations in fire regimes caused by climate change. However, unburned islands might act to mitigate negative effects of fire on wildlife populations by providing habitat in which species can survive and...
Author(s): Jasper Steenvoorden, Arjan J. H. Meddens, Anthony Martinez, Lee J. Foster, W. Daniel Kissling
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Growth‐stage optimization (GSO) offers a new approach to biodiversity conservation in fire‐prone regions by estimating the optimal distribution of vegetation growth stages that maximize a species diversity index. This optimal growth‐stage structure provides managers an operational goal explicitly linked to a positive conservation...
Author(s): Matthew P. Chick, Alan York, Holly Sitters, Julian Di Stefano, Craig R. Nitschke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper reports the results of two hypotheses tests regarding whether fuel reduction treatments using prescribed burning and mechanical methods reduces wildfire suppression costs and property damages. To test these two hypotheses data was collected on fuel treatments, fire suppression costs and property damages associated with...
Author(s): John B. Loomis, José J. Sánchez, Armando Gonzalez-Caban, Douglas B. Rideout, Robin Reich
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Fire historically occurred across the sagebrush steppe, but little is known about how patterns of post-fire fuel accumulation influence future fire in Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis) communities. To quantify change in fuel composition and structure in intact sagebrush ecosystems, we sampled 17 years...
Author(s): Schyler A. Reis, Lisa M. Ellsworth, J. Boone Kauffman, David W. Wrobleski
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Firebrands generated from structures are known to be a source of rapid flame spread within communities in large outdoor fires, such as wildland-urban (WUI) fires, and urban fires. It is important to better understand firebrand generation mechanism to prevent structure ignitions by firebrands. Though the wind plays an important role...
Author(s): Sayaka Suzuki, Sam Manzello
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire is often used by land managers as an effective means of implementing fuel treatments to achieve a variety of goals. Smoke generated from these activities can put them at odds with air quality regulations. We set out to characterize the emission tradeoff between wildfire and prescribed fire in activity fuels from...
Author(s): Joshua C. Hyde, Eva K. Strand
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The US Endangered Species Act has enabled species conservation but has differentially impacted fire management and rare bird conservation in the southern and western US. In the South, prescribed fire and restoration‐based forest thinning are commonly used to conserve the endangered red‐cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis; RCW),...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Leda N. Kobziar, Brandon M. Collins, Raymond J. Davis, Peter Z. Fule, William L. Gaines, Joseph L. Ganey, James M. Guldin, Paul F. Hessburg, J. Kevin Hiers, Serra Hoagland, John J. Keane, Ronald E. Masters, Ann E. McKellar, Warren G. Montague, Malcolm P. North, Thomas A. Spies
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire disasters are one of the many consequences of increasing wildfire activities globally, and much effort has been made to identify strategies and actions for reducing human vulnerability to wildfire. While many individual homeowners and communities have enacted such strategies, the number subjected to a subsequent wildfire is...
Author(s): Crystal A. Kolden, Carol Henson
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).