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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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Accurate surface fuel load estimates based on the planar intercept method require a considerable amount of time and cost. Recently the photoload method has been proposed as an alternative for sampling of fine woody surface fuels. To evaluate the use of photoload fuel sampling, six simulated fuel beds of 100 photoload visual...
Author(s): Wade T. Tinkham, Chad M. Hoffman, Jesse M. Canfield, Emma Vakili, Robin Reich
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Escalating wildfire in subalpine forests with stand-replacing fire regimes is increasing the extent of early-seral forests throughout the western USA. Post-fire succession generates the fuel for future fires, but little is known about fuel loads and their variability in young post-fire stands. We sampled fuel profiles in 24-year-old...
Author(s): Kellen N. Nelson, Monica G. Turner, William H. Romme, Daniel B. Tinker
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS) is a web-based software and data integration framework that organizes fire and fuels software applications into a single online application. IFTDSS is designed to make fuels treatment planning and analysis more efficient and ...
Author(s): Stacy Drury, H. Michael Rauscher, Erin M. Banwell, Shih Ming Huang, Tami L. Lavezzo
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A study by Keane and Gray (2013) compared three sampling techniques for estimating surface fine woody fuels. Known amounts of fine woody fuel were distributed on a parking lot, and researchers estimated the loadings using different sampling techniques. An important result was that precise estimates of biomass required intensive...
Author(s): Kathy L. Gray, Robert E. Keane, Ryan Karpisz, Alyssa Pedersen, Rick Brown, Taylor Russell
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Dynamics of dead wood, a key component of forest structure, are not well described for mixed-severity fire regimes with widely varying fire intervals. A prominent form of such variation is when two stand-replacing fires occur in rapid succession, commonly termed an early-seral “reburn.” These events are thought to strongly influence...
Author(s): Daniel C. Donato, Joseph B. Fontaine, John L. Campbell
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) was used to collect spatially continuous measurements of fuelbed characteristics across the plots and burn blocks of the 2012 RxCADRE experiments in Florida. Fuelbeds were scanned obliquely from plot/block edges at a height of 20 m above ground. Pre-fire blocks were scanned from six perspectives and...
Author(s): Eric Rowell, Carl A. Seielstad, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forests historically associated with frequent fire have changed dramatically due to fire suppression and past harvesting over the last century. The buildup of ladder fuels, which carry fire from the surface of the forest floor to tree crowns, is one of the critical changes, and it has contributed to uncharacteristically large and...
Author(s): Heather A. Kramer, Brandon M. Collins, Frank K. Lake, Marek K. Jakubowski, Scott L. Stephens, Maggi Kelly
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate information about three-dimensional canopy structure and wildland fuel across the landscape is necessary for fire behaviour modelling system predictions. Remotely sensed data are invaluable for assessing these canopy characteristics over large areas; lidar data, in particular, are uniquely suited for quantifying three-...
Author(s): Birgit Peterson, Kurtis J. Nelson, Carl A. Seielstad, Jason Stoker, William Matt Jolly, Russell A. Parsons
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Severe wildfires create pulses of dead trees that influence future fuel loads, fire behavior, and fire effects as they decay and deposit surface woody fuels. Harvesting fire-killed trees may reduce future surface woody fuels and related fire hazards, but the magnitude and timing of post-fire logging effects on woody fuels have not...
Author(s): David W. Peterson, Erich K. Dodson, Richy J. Harrod
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hazardous fuel reduction treatments conducted both through prescribed fire and mechanical means are a critical part of the mitigation of wildland fire risk in the United States. The US Federal Government has spent an average of $500t million each year on fuel reduction, from 2002-2012 (Gorte 2011). At present, however, rigorous...
Author(s): Eric Mueller, Nick Skowronski, Kenneth L. Clark, Robert L. Kremens, Michael R. Gallagher, Jan C. Thomas, M. El Houssami, Alexander I. Filkov, Bret W. Butler, John L. Hom, William E. Mell, Albert Simeoni
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings

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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).