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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,700 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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The loss of homes to wildfires is an important issue in the USA and other countries. Yet many homeowners living in fire-prone areas do not undertake mitigating actions, such as clearing vegetation, to decrease the risk of losing their home. To better understand the complexity of wildfire risk-mitigation decisions and the role of...
Author(s): Patricia A. Champ, Geoffrey H. Donovan, Christopher M. Barth
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over the past decade, a growing body of research has been conducted on the human dimensions of wildland fire. Building on a relatively small number of foundational studies, this research now addresses a wide range of topics including mitigation activities on private lands, fuels reduction treatments on public land, community impacts...
Author(s): Eric L. Toman, Melanie Stidham, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Bruce A. Shindler
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Synthesis
Headwaters Economics produced this report to better understand and address why wildfires are becoming more severe and expensive. The report also describes how the protection of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface has added to these costs and concludes with a brief discussion of solutions that may help control escalating costs....
Author(s): Ross Gorte
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The term “community” has a long and contested lineage in social analysis and debate. This lineage, however, is not generally recognized in policy and public debates on community and bushfire in Australia. “Community” is thought to be central to bushfire preparedness in Australia, especially in rural areas, but what “community”...
Author(s): Peter Fairbrother, Meagan Tyler, Alison Hart, Bernard Mees, Richard Phillips, Julie Stratford, Keith Toh
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a persistent and growing threat across much of the western United States. Understanding how people living in fire-prone areas perceive this threat is essential to the design of effective risk management policies. Drawing on the social amplification of risk framework, we develop a conceptual model of wildfire risk...
Author(s): Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Katherine L. Dickinson, Patricia A. Champ, Nicholas Flores
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Following what was then one of the most destructive fire years on record, President Bush signed into law the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. The law requires no less than fifty percent of all funds allocated for hazardous fuels reductions to occur in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), with the aim of enhancing the...
Author(s): Travis Warziniack, Matthew P. Thompson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Growing accumulations of fuel, changing climates, and residential development in forested landscapes have accelerated the risk of wildland fire, particularly in the western United States. The magnifying level of risk of fire in the urban-wildland interface requires multiple actors implementing coordinated fuel management, fire...
Author(s): Paul R. Lachapelle, Stephen F. McCool
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An important objective for many federal land management agencies is to restore fire to ecosystems that have experienced fire suppression or exclusion over the last century. Managing wildfires for resource objectives (i.e., allowing wildfires to burn in the absence of suppression) is an important tool for restoring such fire-adapted...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Don Helmbrecht, Sean A. Parks, Carol Miller
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Place mapping is emerging as a way to understand the spatial components of people's relationships with particular locations and how these relate to support for management proposals. But despite the spatial focus of place mapping, scale is rarely explicitly examined in such exercises. This is particularly problematic since scalar...
Author(s): Michael A. Cacciapaglia, Laurie Yung, Michael E. Patterson
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The purpose of this white paper is to discuss fires on the Colorado Front Range and to share initial observations of fire behavior and home destruction during the Waldo Canyon Fire. It is my hope that these lessons and observations will be beneficial to agencies and especially the public. I want to share this information early when...
Author(s): Richard D. Stratton
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).