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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,800 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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Background: The PODs (potential operational delineations) concept is an adaptive framework for cross-boundary and collaborative land and fire management planning. Use of PODs is increasingly recognized as a best practice, and PODs are seeing growing interest from federal, state, local, tribal, and non-governmental organizations....
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Christopher D. O'Connor, Benjamin Gannon, Michael D. Caggiano, Christopher J. Dunn, Courtney Schultz, David E. Calkin, Bradley Pietruszka, S. Michelle Greiner, Richard D. Stratton, Jeffrey Morisette
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aim Wildfire activity in recent years is notable not only for an expansion of total area burned but also for large, single-day fire spread events that pose challenges to ecological systems and human communities. Our objectives were to gain new insight into the relationships between extreme single-day fire spread events, annual area...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Coop, Sean A. Parks, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Scott M. Ritter, Chad M. Hoffman
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Motivation: Rapid climate change is altering plant communities around the globe fundamentally. Despite progress in understanding how plants respond to these climate shifts, accumulating evidence suggests that disturbance could not only modify expected plant responses but, in some cases, have larger impacts on compositional shifts...
Author(s): Joseph D. Napier, Melissa L. Chipman
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mechanical mastication is a fuel management strategy that modifies vegetation structure to reduce the impact of wildfire. Although past research has quantified immediate changes to fuel post-mastication, few studies consider longer-term fuel trajectories and climatic drivers of this change. Our study sought to quantify changes to...
Author(s): Bianca J. Pickering, Jamie Burton, Trent D. Penman, Madeleine A. Grant, Jane G. Cawson
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In 2020, the fire season affecting the western United States reached unprecedented levels. The 116 fires active in September consumed nearly 20,822 km2 (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/accessible-view/ Accessed 2020-09-29) with 80% of this footprint (16,567 km2) from 68 fires occurring within California, Oregon, and Washington. Although...
Author(s): Cory T. Overton, Austen A. Lorenz, Eric James, Ravan Ahmadov, John M. Eadie, Fiona McDuie, Mark J. Petrie, Chris A. Nicolai, Melanie L. Weaver, Daniel A. Skalos, Daniel A. Skalos, Shannon M. Skalos, Andrea L. Mott, Desmond A. Mackell, Anna Kennedy, Elliott L. Matchett, Michael L. Casazza
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is one of Earth's most potent agents of ecological change. This Special Issue comes in the wake of a series of extreme wildfires across the world, from the Amazon, to Siberia, California, Portugal, South Africa and eastern Australia (Duane et al., 2021). These “megafires,” variously defined according to their size, intensity,...
Author(s): Dale G. Nimmo, Alan N. Andersen, Sally Archibald, Matthias M. Boer, Lluis Brotons, Catherine L. Parr, Morgan W. Tingley
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There is mounting concern that global wildfire activity is shifting in frequency, intensity, and seasonality in response to climate change. Fuel moisture provides a powerful means of detecting changing fire potential. Here, we use global burned area, weather reanalysis data, and the Canadian fire weather index system to calculate...
Author(s): Todd M. Ellis, David M. J. S. Bowman, Piyush Jain, Michael D. Flannigan, Grant J. Williamson
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Protected areas are essential to conserving biodiversity, yet changing climatic conditions challenge their efficacy. For example, novel and disappearing climates within the protected area network indicate that extant species may not have suitable climate in protected areas in the future. Further, potential transboundary range shifts...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Caitlin E. Littlefield, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Katherine A. Zeller, John T. Abatzoglou, Charles Besancon, Bryce L. Nordgren, Joshua J. Lawler
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Night-time provides a critical window for slowing or extinguishing fires owing to the lower temperature and the lower vapour pressure deficit (VPD). However, fire danger is most often assessed based on daytime conditions1,2, capturing what promotes fire spread rather than what impedes fire. Although it is well appreciated that...
Author(s): Jennifer Balch, John T. Abatzoglou, Maxwell B. Joseph, Michael J. Koontz, Adam L. Mahood, Joe McGlinchy, Megan E. Cattau, A. Park Williams
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As temperatures continue rising, the direction, magnitude, and tempo of change in disturbance-prone forests remain unresolved. Even forests long resilient to stand-replacing fire face uncertain futures, and efforts to project changes in forest structure and composition are sorely needed to anticipate future forest trajectories. We...
Author(s): Monica G. Turner, Kristin H. Braziunas, Winslow D. Hansen, Tyler J. Hoecker, Werner Rammer, Zakary Ratajczak, Anthony L. Westerling, Rupert Seidl
Year Published: 2022
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).