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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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Protected areas (PAs) play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity and ecological processes of the site. One of the greatest challenges for the PA management in several biomes in the world is wildfires. The objective of this work was to evaluate the potentialities and limitations of the use of data obtained by orbital...
Author(s): João Flávio Costa dos Santos , Joyce Machado Nunes Romeiro , José Batuíra de Assis, Fillipe Tamiozzo Pereira Torres, José Marinaldo Gleriani
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In many forested ecosystems, it is increasingly recognized that the probability of burning is substantially reduced within the footprint of previously burned areas. This self-limiting effect of wildland fire is considered a fundamental emergent property of ecosystems and is partly responsible for structuring landscape heterogeneity...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Marc-Andre Parisien, Carol Miller, Lisa M. Holsinger, Scott L. Baggett
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One important outcome of wildfire is the production of charcoal. Charcoal is highly resistant to decomposition and its physical and chemical properties enhance soil fertility and influence nutrient cycling. We compared the amount of black C (the carbon fraction of charcoal) on coarse woody debris (CWD; ≥7.6 cm diameter) and total...
Author(s): Aspen Ward, C. Alina Cansler, Andrew J. Larson
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Multidecadal trends in areas burned with high severity shape ecological effects of fires, but most assessments are limited to ∼30 years of satellite data. We analysed the proportion of area burned with high severity, the annual area burned with high severity, the probability areas burned with high severity and also the area reburned...
Author(s): Penelope Morgan, Andrew T. Hudak, Ashley Wells, Sean A. Parks, Scott L. Baggett, Benjamin C. Bright, Patricia Green
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As wildland fire activity continues to surge across the western US, it is increasingly important that we understand and quantify the environmental drivers of fire and how they vary across ecosystems. At daily to annual timescales, weather, fuels, and topography are known to influence characteristics such as area burned and fire...
Author(s): Lisa M. Holsinger, Sean A. Parks, Carol Miller
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Changes in the climate and in key ecological processes are prompting increased debate about ecological restoration and other interventions in wilderness. The prospect of intervention in wilderness raises legal, scientific, and values-based questions about the appropriateness of possible actions. In this article, we focus on the role...
Author(s): Cameron Naficy, Eric G. Keeling, Peter Landres, Paul F. Hessburg, Thomas T. Veblen, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
RMRS Scientists have evaluated more than 40 years of satellite imagery to determine what happens when a fire burns into a previously burned area. Results from this research are helping land managers to assess whether a previous wildland fire will act as a fuel treatment based on the length of time since the previous fire occurred,...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Carol Miller
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
In 1935, Elers Koch argued in a Journal of Forestry article that a minimum fire protection model should be implemented in the backcountry areas of national forests in Idaho, USA.  As a USDA Forest Service Supervisor and Assistant Regional Forester, Koch had led many major fire-fighting campaigns in the region, beginning with...
Author(s): Elers Koch
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A goal of fire management in wilderness is to allow fire to play its natural ecological role without intervention. Unfortunately, most unplanned ignitions in wilderness are suppressed, in part because of the risk they might pose to values, outside of the wilderness. We capitalize on recent advances in fire risk analysis to...
Author(s): Kevin M. Barnett, Carol Miller, Tyron J. Venn
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In August of 1972, the small Bad Luck Fire signaled the start of returning fire to the wilderness for the USDA Forest Service. Forty-three years later, the wisdom of allowing perhaps the most important of the “forces of nature” to prevail has been proven time and again. While climate change challenges fire managers across the globe...
Author(s): Dave Campbell, Robert W. Mutch
Year Published: 2016
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).