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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,700 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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Seed mixes used for postfire seeding in the Great Basin are often selected on the basis of short-term rehabilitation objectives, such as ability to rapidly establish and suppress invasive exotic annuals (e.g., cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum L.). Longer-term considerations are also important, including whether seeded plants persist,...
Author(s): Jeffrey E. Ott, Francis F. Kilkenny, Daniel D. Summers, Tyler W. Thompson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Soil compaction during post-fire logging can increase runoff and erosion. Increasing surface cover is an effective way to reduce erosion, but this has not been tested on soils impacted by both fire and compaction. We measured the effects of compaction (bulk density of 0.9 or 1.1 g cm−3) and surface cover (0% or 60%) using bark mulch...
Author(s): Sergio A. Prats, Maruxa C. Malvar, Celeste O.A. Coelho, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires represent one of the largest disturbances in watersheds of the Intermountain West. Yet, we lack models capable of predicting post‐wildfire impacts on downstream ecosystems and infrastructure. Here we present a novel modeling framework that links new and existing models to simulate the post‐wildfire sediment cascade,...
Author(s): Brendan P. Murphy, Jonathan A. Czuba, Patrick Belmont
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a cause of disturbance on public lands, and post-fire treatments often include broadcast seeding of native and non-native seeds. We collected vegetation data from an area burned by a wildfire in western Colorado in 2012 and, where available,compared pre- and post-fire data. We sought to determine how dominant plant...
Author(s): M Nikki Grant-Hoffman, James Dollerschell
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Straw mulching is one of the most common treatments applied immediately post fire to reduce soil erosion potential and mitigate post-fire effects on water quality, downstream property, and infrastructure, but little is known about the long-term effects on vegetation response. We sampled six fires that were mulched...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Bontrager, Penelope Morgan, Andrew T. Hudak, Peter R. Robichaud
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The apparent failure of ecosystems to recover from increasingly widespread disturbance is a global concern. Despite growing focus on factors inhibiting resilience and restoration, we still know very little about how demographic and population processes influence recovery. Using inverse and forward demographic modelling of 531 post‐...
Author(s): Robert K. Shriver, Caitlin M. Andrews, Robert S. Arkle, David M Barnard, Michael C. Duniway, Matthew J. Germino, David S. Pilliod, David A. Pyke, Justin L. Welty, John Bradford
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are known to change post-fire watershed conditions such that hillslopes can become prone to increased erosion and sediment delivery. In this work, we coupled wildfire spread and erosion prediction modelling to assess the benefits of fuel reduction treatments in preventing soil runoff. The study was conducted in a 68,000-ha...
Author(s): Michele Salis, Liliana Del Giudice, Peter R. Robichaud, Alan A. Ager, Annalisa Canu, Pierpaolo Duce, Grazia Pellizzaro, Andrea Ventura, Fermin Alcasena-Urdiroz, Donatella Spano, Bachisio Arca
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Predicting the timing of overland flow in burned watersheds can help to estimate debris‐flow timing and the location of debris‐flow initiation. Numerical models can produce flow predictions, but they are limited by our knowledge of appropriate model parameters. Moreover, opportunities to test and calibrate model parameters in post‐...
Author(s): Francis K. Rengers, Luke A. McGuire, Jason W. Kean, Dennis M. Staley, Ann M. Youberg
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During 2-5 December 2010, an area of 2500 ha in the Carmel forests was consumed by a severe wildfire, causing soil erosion from the exposed slopes. Whereas most studies show that post-fire erosion rates tend to decline after the second year, in this case, we aim to address the ongoing consequences that different management practices...
Author(s): Rami Zituni, Lea Wittenberg, Dan Malkinson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post-fire flooding and elevated sediment loads in channels can pose hazards to people and structures within the wildland-urban interface. Mitigation of these hazards is essential to protect downstream resources. Straw bale check dams are one treatment designed to reduce sediment yields in small ephemeral catchments (<2 ha). This...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, Keenan A. Storrar, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner
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).