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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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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
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
Fire regimes are ultimately controlled by wildland fuel dynamics over space and time; spatial distributions of fuel influence the size, spread, and intensity of individual fires, while the temporal distribution of fuel deposition influences fire's frequency and controls fire size. These "shifting fuel mosaics" are both a cause and a...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This report summarizes research funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP Project Number 12-1-03-31) addressing needs for information regarding the effectiveness and longevity of fuels treatments. We investigated the longevity of effects associated with mastication treatments on variables including fuels, vegetation, and fire...
Author(s): J. Morgan Varner, Eric E. Knapp, Stacy Drury, Jesse K. Kreye, Gregory Hamby, Warren Reed
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In this project, we developed a Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS, JFSP Project #) post-processor (FVS2FCCS) to convert FVS simulated treelist and surface fuel data into Fuel Characteristics Classification System (FCCS, JFSP Project #98-1-1-06) fuelbed format (.xml) that can be read and processed by the FCCS to create estimates of...
Author(s): Morris C. Johnson, Sarah J. Beukema, Stephanie A. Rebain, Paige C. Eagle, Kjell Swedin, Maria Petrova, Susan J. Prichard
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
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
Fire behavior and effects in forests and woodlands are influenced by surface fuels and senesced leaf litter in particular. We have known that species exhibit differential flammability for some time, but isolated efforts have often attributed differences to disparate mechanisms. Recent research has expanded the diversity of species...
Author(s): J. Morgan Varner, Jeffrey M. Kane, Jesse K. Kreye, Eamon A. Engber
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
The use of fire as a land management tool is well recognized for its ecological benefits in many natural systems.  To continue to use fire while complying with air quality regulations, land managers are often tasked with modeling emissions from fire during the planning process.  To populate such models, the Landscape Fire...
Author(s): Joshua C. Hyde, Eva K. Strand, Andrew T. Hudak, Dale Hamilton
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire-resilient landscapes require the recurrent use of fire, but successful use of fire in previously burned areas must account for temporal fuel dynamics. We analysed factors influencing temporal fuel dynamics across a 24-year spatial chronosequence of unmanipulated dry mixed conifer forests following high-severity fire. Duff and...
Author(s): Christopher J. Dunn, John D. Bailey
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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