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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 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).

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The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, defines success in the wildland fire response environment as 'safely achieving reasonable objectives with the least firefighter exposure necessary while enhancing stakeholder support for our management efforts'. However, persistent information and knowledge gaps challenge the...
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Christopher J. Lauer, David E. Calkin, Jon D. Rieck, Crystal S. Stonesifer, Michael S. Hand
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Social science research from a variety of disciplines has generated a collective understanding of how individuals prepare for, and respond to, the risks associated with prescribed burning and wildfire. We provide a systematic compilation, review, and quantification of dominant trends in this literature by collecting all empirical...
Author(s): Lauren Nicole Dupéy, Jordan W. Smith
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A growing body of research focuses on identifying patterns among human populations most at risk from hazards such as wildfire and the factors that help explain performance of mitigations that can help reduce that risk. Emerging policy surrounding wildfire management emphasizes the need to better understand such social vulnerability-...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Catrin Edgeley, Amanda M. Stasiewicz
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As wildland fires have had increasing negative impacts on a range of human values, in many parts of the United States (U.S.) and around the world, collaborative risk reduction efforts among agencies, homeowners, and fire departments are needed to improve wildfire safety and mitigate risk. Using interview data from 46 senior officers...
Author(s): Rachel S. Madsen, Hylton J. G. Haynes, Sarah M. McCaffrey
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large fires account for the majority of burned area and are an important focus of fire management. However, ‘large’ is typically defined by a fire size threshold, minimizing the importance of proportionally large fires in less fire-prone ecoregions. Here, we defined ‘large fires’ as the largest 10% of wildfires by ecoregion (n = 175...
Author(s): R. Chelsea Nagy, Emily J. Fusco, Bethany A. Bradley, John T. Abatzoglou, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire managers use initial attack (IA) to control wildfires before they grow large and become difficult to suppress. Although the majority of wildfire incidents are contained by IA, the small percentage of fires that escape IA causes most of the damage. Therefore, planning a successful IA is very important. In this article, we...
Author(s): Eghbal Rashidi, Hugh R. Medal, Aaron Hoskins
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Often missing or underdeveloped in wildland fire research is a clear sense of the link between contemporaneous political possibility and the desired ecological or management outcomes. We examine the disconnect between desired outcomes and what we call the “politically possible”. Politically possible policy solutions are those that...
Author(s): Patrick I. Wilson, Travis B. Paveglio, Dennis Becker
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Existing research suggests that adoption or development of various wildfire management strategies may differ across communities. However, there have been few attempts to design diverse strategies for local populations to better “live with fire.” This article extends an existing approach by articulating how characteristic patterns of...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Matthew S. Carroll, Amanda M. Stasiewicz, Daniel R. Williams, Dennis Becker
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent research has indicated that firefighters are at elevated suicide risk. Fire service organizations have called for research to examine fire service subgroups that might be at relatively increased suicide risk. Although anecdotal reports suggest that wildland firefighters represent one such group, to our knowledge, no study has...
Author(s): Ian H. Stanley, Melanie A. Hom, Anna R. Gai, Thomas E. Joiner
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study introduces a large fire containment strategy that builds upon recent advances in spatial fire planning, notably the concept of potential wildland fire operation delineations (PODs). Multiple PODs can be clustered together to form a “box” that is referred as the “response POD” (or rPOD). Fire lines would be built along the...
Author(s): Yu Wei, Matthew P. Thompson, Jessica R. Haas, Gregory K. Dillon, Christopher D. O'Connor
Year Published: 2018
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).