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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,800 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 Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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This expanded narrative adds to and builds on the Twisp River Status Report. It was written by a 25-member interagency team who visited the incident site, interviewed participants, reviewed official documents, and used this information to recreate the August 19, 2015 events to the best of their abilities. Once the first draft of the...
Author(s): United States Department of Agriculture
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Safety rules are unavoidable in hazardous work and are often codified insights from accidents and fatalities. Safety rules research predominantly focuses on factors that influence compliance and violation of rules (a rationalist view), but rarely examines how members draw from safety rules to take action and gain experience. This...
Author(s): Jody L. Jahn
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire management agencies manage wildland fires for resource benefit while protecting firefighter and public safety. Firefighting fatalities and property damaged by wildfires prompt reviews aimed at preventing similar accidents. The principles of high-reliability organizing (HRO) have been used to analyze such unexpected,...
Author(s): David Thomas, Rebekah L. Fox, Carol Miller
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In an effort to improve organizational outcomes, including safety, in wildland fire management, researchers and practitioners have turned to a domain of research on organizational performance known as High Reliability Organizing (HRO). The HRO paradigm emerged in the late 1980s in an effort to identify commonalities among...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Brooke Baldauf McBride
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
In October, the 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit in Sydney, Australia brought together students of fire from all over the world to explore new approaches in wildland fire safety. Participants attended from the USA, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, New Zealand and Australia to take part in the summit.
Author(s): Rebekah L. Fox
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
This study examined the effects of organisational, environmental, group and individual characteristics on five components of safety climate (High Reliability Organising Practices, Leadership, Group Culture, Learning Orientation and Mission Clarity) in the US federal wildland fire management community. Of particular interest were...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Brooke Baldauf McBride
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Thousands of firefighters across the United States have been influenced by the first edition of “Managing the Unexpected”. In this second edition, the authors continue their analysis of high reliability organizations (HRO’s), which are organizations that routinely operate in high risk environments (where the consequences of failure...
Author(s): Karl E. Weick, Kathleen Sutcliffe
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accident investigators at any level are challenged with identifying causal factors and making preventative recommendations. This task can be particularly complicated considering that 70-80% of accidents are associated with human error. Due to complexities of the wildland fire environment, this is especially challenging when...
Author(s): Michelle Ryerson, Chuck Whitlock
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Fire management, and forest and rangeland fuels management, over the past century have altered the wildland fire situation dramatically, thus also altering the institutional approach to how to deal with the changing landscape. Also, climate change, extended drought, increased insect and disease outbreaks, and invasions of exotic...
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Columbia Accident Review Board’s (CAIB) investigation of the February 1, 2003 loss of the space shuttle Columbia lasted nearly 7 months. The loss of seven crew members and later, two debris searchers, lead to a thorough attempt to discover the truth behind the accident. The board recognized early that the accident was not likely...
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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