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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 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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At the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), where undeveloped landscapes meet the built environment, there is a complex interaction among local, state and federal land and hazard stakeholders that must work together to protect life and property from wildfire. The effective use of wildfire science is considered key to successful wildfire...
Author(s): Katie Gibble, Jennifer L. Pierce, Eric Lindquist
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Expansion of the wildland–urban interface (WUI) and the increasing size and number of wildfires has policy-makers and wildfire managers seeking ways to reduce wildfire risk in communities located near fire-prone forests. It is widely acknowledged that homeowners can reduce their exposure to wildfire risk by using nonflammable...
Author(s): Christine Olsen, Jeffrey D. Kline, Alan A. Ager, Keith A. Olsen, Karen C. Short
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
It has been 5 years since the High Park Fire burned over 85,000 acres in Northern Colorado, causing extensive property damage, loss of life, and severe impacts to the water quality of the Poudre River. In the fall of 2016, a conference was organized by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Coalition for the Poudre River...
Author(s): Charles C. Rhoades, Peter R. Robichaud, Sandra E. Ryan, Jen Kovecses, Carl Chambers, Sara Rathburn, Jared Heath, Stephanie Kampf, Codie Wilson, Dan Brogan, Brad Piehl, Mary Ellen Miller, John Giordanengo, Erin Berryman, Monique E. Rocca
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Mastication is a wildland fuel treatment technique that is rapidly becoming popular with fire managers for fire hazard reduction projects, especially in areas where reducing fuels with prescribed fire is particularly challenging. Mastication is the process of mechanically modifying the live and dead surface and canopy biomass by...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Pamela G. Sikkink, Theresa B. Jain, James J. Reardon
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Management strategies to reduce the risks to human life and property from wildfire commonly involve burning native vegetation. However, planned burning can conflict with other societal objectives such as human health and biodiversity conservation. These conflicts are likely to intensify as fire regimes change under future climates...
Author(s): Don A. Driscoll, Michael Bode, Ross A. Bradstock, David A. Keith, Trent D. Penman, Owen F. Price
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The hazards-of-place model posits that vulnerability to environmental hazards depends on both biophysical and social factors. Biophysical factors determine where wildfire potential is elevated, whereas social factors determine where and how people are affected by wildfire. We evaluated place vulnerability to wildfire hazards in the...
Author(s): Gabriel Wigtil, Roger B. Hammer, Jeffrey D. Kline, Miranda H. Mockrin, Susan I. Stewart, Daniel Roper, Volker C. Radeloff
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The wildland-urban interface (WUI), the area where human development encroaches on undeveloped land, is expanding throughout the western United States resulting in increased wildfire risk to homes and communities. Although census based mapping efforts have provided insights into the pattern of development and expansion of the WUI at...
Author(s): Michael D. Caggiano, Wade T. Tinkham, Chad M. Hoffman, Anthony S. Cheng, Todd J. Hawbaker
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One of the immediate challenges of wildfire management concerns threats to human safety and property in residential areas adjacent to non-cultivated vegetation. One approach for relieving this problem is to increase human community ‘adaptiveness’ to deal with the risk and reality of fire in a variety of landscapes. The challenge in...
Author(s): Matthew S. Carroll, Travis B. Paveglio
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the fire-prone Western U.S., the scale of surrounding forest density can be realized by homebuyers as an amenity for aesthetics and cooling effects, or as a disamenity in terms of wildfire risk. There has been a lack of academic attention to understanding this duality of forest density preferences for homebuyers in at-risk...
Author(s): Evan Hjerpe, Yeon-Su Kim, Leah Dunn
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There has been relatively little research on Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fire spread, compared to fires within structures, despite the increasing frequency and losses from WUI fires. This is due, in part, to the fact that the subject of WUI fire research falls between traditional studies of building fires and forest fires, non-...
Author(s): Alexander Maranghides
Year Published: 2016
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).