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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 4,700 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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We compare the use of post-fire aerial imagery to ground-based assessment for identifying building destruction and damage at the 2012 Colorado Waldo Canyon Fire. We also compare active-fire defensive actions identified via manual and automated post-fire image classification to defensive actions documented from ground-based...
Author(s): Derek McNamara, William E. Mell, Alexander Maranghides
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate maps of the wildland-urban interface (WUI) are critical for the development of effective land management policies, conducting risk assessments, and the mitigation of wildfire risk. Most WUI maps identify areas at risk from wildfire by overlaying coarse-scale housing data with land cover or vegetation data. However, it is...
Author(s): Michael D. Caggiano, Todd J. Hawbaker, Benjamin Gannon, Chad M. Hoffman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This document is a chapter within the Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires Living Edition. A fire adapted community (FAC) is comprised of residents, land management professionals, local politicians, emergency managers, and fire professionals who collaborate effectively to plan for, respond to, and...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Catrin Edgeley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large outdoor fires are an increasing danger to the built environment. Wildfires that spread into communities, labeled as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires, are an example of large outdoor fires. Other examples of large outdoor fires are urban fires including those that may occur after earthquakes as well as in informal...
Author(s): Sam Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki, Michael J. Gollner, A. Carlos Fernandez-Pello
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The prediction of wildfire rate of spread and growth under high wind speeds and dry fuel moisture conditions is key to taking proactive actions to warn and in turn protect communities. We used two datasets of wildfires spreading under critical fire weather conditions to evaluate an existing rule of thumb that equates the forward...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander, Paulo M. Fernandes, Musa Kilinc, Ângelo Sil
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Natural disasters are inherently traumatic. The unexpected, unpredictable, threatening, and overwhelming nature of these events can be destabilising and distressing, potentially leading to psychological trauma (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, 2014). Psychological trauma encompasses how people respond to...
Author(s): Sancia West, Denis C. Visentin, Amanda Neil, Grad Dip, Rachel Kornhaber, Valerie Ingham, Michelle Cleary
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Firebrands are a leading cause of ignitionat the wildland urban interface and a driver of rapid fire spread during wildfires. Current studies which seek to evaluate this risk are limited by a paucity of data relating to the firebrand dynamics from real fires. In particular the deposition of firebrands as a function of time and space...
Author(s): Rory Hadden
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Prescribed burning is used in Australia as a tool to manage fire risk and protect assets. A key challenge is deciding how to arrange the burns to generate the highest benefits to society. Studies have shown that prescribed burning in the wildland–urban interface (WUI) can reduce the risk of house loss due to wildfires, but the costs...
Author(s): Veronique Florec, Michael P. Burton, David J. Pannell, Joel K. Kelso, George J. Milne
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large outdoor fires are one of the prominent fire problems in the world. Spot fires, caused by firebrands, are known as a key mechanism of rapid fire spread. Firebrands ignite unburned fuels far ahead of the fire front. In large outdoor fires, firebrands are thought to accumulate and ignite unburned fuel which cannot be ignited by a...
Author(s): Sayaka Suzuki, Sam Manzello
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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

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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).