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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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We characterized wildfire transmission and exposure within a matrix of large land tenures (federal, state, and private) surrounding 56 communities within a 3.3 million ha fire prone region of central Oregon US. Wildfire simulation and network analysis were used to quantify the exchange of fire among land tenures and communities and...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Cody Evers, Michelle A. Day, Haiganoush K. Preisler, Ana M. G. Barros, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Growing human and ecological costs due to increasing wildfire are an urgent concern in policy and management, particularly given projections of worsening fire conditions under climate change. Thus, understanding the relationship between climatic variation and fire activity is a critically important scientific question. Different...
Author(s): Alexandra D. Syphard, Jon E. Keeley, Anne H. Pfaff, Ken Ferschweiler
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
While the wildland–urban interface (WUI) is not a new concept, fires in WUI communities have rapidly expanded in frequency and severity over the past few decades. The number of structures lost per year has increased significantly, due in part to increased development in rural areas, fuel management policies, and climate change, all...
Author(s): Sara E. Caton, Raquel S. P. Hakes, Daniel J. Gorham, Aixi Zhou, Michael J. Gollner
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this project we posed the question “Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?” We focused on homeowner wildfire risk mitigation, community heterogeneity, and fire adaptedness. One of the unique aspects of this project was that the team was a research and practice collaboration. This collaboration facilitated...
Author(s): Patricia A. Champ, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, James R. Meldrum, Christopher M. Barth, Travis Warziniack
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
There is much interest in the role of insurance in encouraging homeowners to mitigate wildfire risk to their properties. For example, the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition characterizes the insurance industry as a 'nontraditional stakeholder' that 'may reduce future wildfire-related insurance claims by educating homeowners on...
Author(s): James R. Meldrum, Christopher M. Barth, Patricia A. Champ, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Lilia C. Falk, Travis Warziniack
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
Although wildfire plays an important role in maintaining biodiversity in many ecosystems, fire management to protect human assets is often carried out by different agencies than those tasked for conserving biodiversity. In fact, fire risk reduction and biodiversity conservation are often viewed as competing objectives. Here we...
Author(s): Alexandra D. Syphard, Van Butsic, Avi Bar-Massada, Jon E. Keeley, Jeff A. Tracey, Robert N. Fisher
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The price of wildfire has never been higher. Why? And what can local communities do about it? One way to measure the price of wildfire is the dollars spent on suppression alone. In 1995, fire made up 16 percent of the U.S. Forest Service’s annual appropriation budget; in 2015, wildfire consumed more than 50 percent of the...
Author(s): Stephen R. Miller, Thomas Wuerzer, Jaap Vos, Eric Lindquist, Molly Mowery, Tyre Holfeltz, Brian Stephens, Alexander Grad
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document
The dangers and costs associated with wildfires are rising and predicted to escalate rapidly in decades to come, primarily because of continued home development on fire-prone lands and the effects of climate change. Those interested in reducing wildfire risk have asked whether insurance can play a role in making new and existing...
Author(s): Ray Rasker
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).