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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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Wildfires are modifying the structure and composition of forests at rates that far exceed mechanical thinning and prescribed fire treatments. We responded to this by analyzing recent wildfires to understand drivers of fire-severity and post-fire vegetation development, with an emphasis on how pre-and post-fire management and prior...
Author(s): Andrew J. Larson, C. Alina Cansler, Van R. Kane, Derek J. Churchill, Paul F. Hessburg, James A. Lutz, Nicholas A. Povak
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Land treatments in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas are highly visible and subject to public scrutiny and possible opposition. This study examines a contested vegetation treatment-Forsythe II-in a WUI area of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. An initial phase of the research found vocal opposition to Forsythe II...
Author(s): Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Jody L. Jahn, Eric A. Vance, Juan Ahumada
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuels reduction treatments are common in ponderosa pine ecosystems of the interior western United States, but the long-term effects on many key ecosystem attributes remain poorly understood, including: tree growth and mortality; forest fuel loads; understory vegetation diversity and composition; production and distribution of...
Author(s): Christopher R. Keyes, Sharon M. Hood, Anna Sala, Duncan C. Lutes
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fire, including prescribed burning, is common on peatlands globally and can affect vegetation, including peat-forming Sphagnum mosses, and affect ecosystem services. We monitored vegetation in different burn-age categories at three UK peatland sites over a 19-month period. Half of the plots had Sphagnum fragments added and their...
Author(s): Alice Noble, Sheila M. Palmer, David J. Glaves, Alistair Crowle, Joseph Holden
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Mill Fire, which burned in north-western California during the summer of 2012, provided a unique research opportunity when firefighters implemented a backfiring operation to limit wildfire growth. This backfire was ignited and burned through research plots from a long-term study designed to determine the effects of tree density...
Author(s): Jainwei Zhang, Kaelyn A. Finley, Eric E. Knapp
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
US public land management agencies are faced with multiple, often conflicting objectives to meet management targets and produce a wide range of ecosystem services expected from public lands. One example is managing the growing wildfire risk to human and ecological values while meeting programmatic harvest targets for economic...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Rachel M. Houtman, Michelle A. Day, Chris Ringo, Palaiologos Palaiologou
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the Intermountain region of the Western United States, most forested landscapes are fire prone and adapted to a semiarid climate. With the severity of wildfires increasing as a result of excessive fuels, land managers are concerned about forest converting to non-forest types such as shrubland or grassland. “And then when you...
Author(s): Rocky Mountain Research Station
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Prescribed burning is a widely used strategy in forested landscapes to reduce the risk from wildfires to human lives and valued assets. The ability for managers to undertake prescribed burns is contingent on fuel, weather and operational constraints. In practice, not all areas nominated to be burnt get completed, and within burns...
Author(s): Thomas J. Duff, Jane G. Cawson, Trent D. Penman
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire is a major producer of aerosols from combustion of vegetation and soils, but little is known about the abundance and composition of smoke’s biological content. Bioaerosols, or aerosols derived from biological sources, may be a significant component of the aerosol load vectored in wildland fire smoke. If bioaerosols are...
Author(s): Leda N. Kobziar, Melissa R.A. Pingree, Adam C. Watts, Kellen N. Nelson, Tyler J. Dreaden, Mary Ridout
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Often a prescribed burn requires time sensitive, logistical, and safety precautions that would make it challenging for a non-fire qualified person to observe and ask questions while it is taking place. The Lubrecht field trip, though requiring the same precautions listed above, was unique in that it was set up for the purpose of...
Author(s): Monique D. Wynecoop
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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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).