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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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Fuel and fire behavior potential in clearcut lodgepole pine and in Douglas-fir/larch under clearcutting, group selection, and shelterwood silvicultural systems were compared after logging to near-complete and conventional utilization standards. Fuels and fire behavior potentials were unaffected by silvicultural...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This note describes tests conducted to evaluate performance of a standard kitchen-type microwave oven for determining moisture content of dead woody fuels. Procedures are suggested for using the microwave oven to obtain fuel moisture information. Examples are also provided of field use.
Author(s): Rodney A. Norum, William C. Fischer
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
An improved version is presented of a method previously used [see FA 40, 169]. Instructions are given for: laying out transects; gathering stand data, including documenting fire-scarred trees; sampling fire-scarred trees; laboratory analysis of tree cross-sections; correlating fire chronologies; and calculating fire frequency. The...
Author(s): Stephen F. Arno, Kathy M. Sneck
Year Published: 1977
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
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
A recent large-scale study of prescribed broadcast burning in western Montana required the development of a system for inventory of clearcut logging slash furls before and after fire treatment. The system is best suited for inventorying material which tends to be oriented parallel to the ground. The inventory system uses line...
Author(s): William R. Beaufait, Michael A. Marsden, Rodney A. Norum
Year Published: 1974
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The dollar and nondollar effects of alternative levels of residue utilization in mature lodgepole pine are compared. Net dollar returns were greater in conventional logging (removal of green sawlogs to a 6-inch top, with slash piled and burned) than in near-complete harvesting (sawlog removal followed by field chipping of remaining...
Author(s): Robert E. Benson
Year Published: 1974
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
About 70 percent of the volume and surface area of spruce-fir logging slash lies below the mid-depth of the slash. Material 0 to 1 centimeter in diameter was distributed vertically in the same proportions as all other material. Old slash in the first 20 centimeters above the ground contained a higher proportion of large material...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1970
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The objectives of quantifying canopy fuels is to develop practical, validated methods for obtaining quantitative estimates of canopy fuel characteristics, notably bulk density, crown height, and fuel loading, all needed to predict fire behavior and fire effects.
Author(s): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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