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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 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.

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In early August 1961, more than 26,000 acres (10,500 ha) of upper montane and subalpine forest on the Bitterroot National Forest burned in a lightning-caused wildfire. At the time, the Sleeping Child Burn represented the single largest forest fire in the Northern Rocky Mountains in more than 20 years. Historically, large wildfires...
Author(s): L. Jack Lyon
Year Published: 1984
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fire, geomorphic processes, and landforms interact to determine natural patterns of ecosystems over landscapes. Fire alters vegetation and soil properties which change soil and sediment movement through watersheds. Landforms affect fire behavior and form firebreaks which determine burn boundaries. Geomorphic consequences of fire in...
Author(s): Frederick J. Swanson
Year Published: 1981
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
In the year following the 1961 Sleeping Child forest fire on the Bitterroot National Forest, Montana, 11 permanent transects were established within the burn. Vegetation development was recorded through 1973, but only four transects were considered indicative of seral forest succession independent of superimposed management...
Author(s): L. Jack Lyon
Year Published: 1976
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The effects of wildfire and logging on erosion from two small catchments of the Pine Creek drainage in Idaho, USA, were investigated. One catchment was clearfelled in 1972 and a wildfire burned in the study areas in 1973. The fire was more intense on the clear felled area (estimated fuels were 90 and 10 tons/acre on felled and...
Author(s): Walter F. Megahan, D. C. Molitor
Year Published: 1975
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
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Author(s): Norbert V. DeByle, P.E. Packer
Year Published: 1972
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Matt Germino, Research Ecologist, USGS Snake River Field Station, Boise, ID, discusses experimental insights on challenges and opportunities regarding climate, weather, and sagebrush seed sources.
Type: Media : Webinar
Lee MacDonald, Professor, Colorado State University, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, discusses geomorphic changes following the Hayman and Schoonover wildfires at the Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned after Ten Years of Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Restoration.
Type: Media : Webinar
This two-minute video explains salvage operations after large fire in Groveland, California.
Type: Media : Video
This presentation was recorded during the 2016 State of the State and Forest Health Conference in Corvallis, OR. 
Type: Media : Video
Following the 2005 School Fire that burned about 50,000 acres of forests and grasslands on the Umatilla National Forest, Washington, managers wanted to limit weed spread and soil erosion in severely burned areas. Various mulch treatments (wheat straw, wood strand, and hydromulch) were used to control erosion on steep slopes above...
Type: Media : Webinar

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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).