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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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Fire is an ecological process that also has socio-economic effects. To learn more about fire occurrence, I examined relationships between land classes and about 12,000 spatially delineated large wildfires (defined here as uncontrolled fires _200 ha, although definitions vary) during 1999 to 2017 in the conterminous United States....
Author(s): Brice B. Hanberry
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Evacuation is the preferred method in the U.S. for preserving public safety in wildfire. However, alternatives such as staying and defending are used both in North America and Australia. Dangerous delays in the decision to evacuate are also common. One contributor to the evacuation decision is attachment to the home, however, little...
Author(s): Hugh D. Walpole, Robyn S. Wilson, Sarah M. McCaffrey
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a natural process that has shaped the history of Earth long before human presence; imagining a “world without fires is like a sphere without roundness” ([1], p.599). Evidence that massive and intense fires naturally occurred throughout the Holocene [1e3] demonstrates that extreme wildfires events (EWEs) are not a recent...
Author(s): Fantina Tedim, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Vittorio Leone, Giuseppe M. Delogu, Marc Castelnou, Tara K. McGee, Jose Aranha
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With climate-driven increases in wildfires in the western U.S., it is imperative to understand how the risk to homes is also changing nationwide. Here, we quantify the number of homes threatened, suppression costs, and ignition sources for 1.6 million wildfires in the United States (U.S.; 1992-2015). Human-caused wildfires accounted...
Author(s): Nathan Mietkiewicz, Jennifer Balch, Tania L. Schoennagel, Stefan Leyk, Lise A. St. Denis, Bethany A. Bradley
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
Wildfire presents a growing threat across the American West. We conducted an online choice experiment in Western Colorado to assess how social interactions affect wildfire mitigation decisions through two distinct pathways: risk interdependency (neighbors’ conditions affect perceived wildfire risk) and social norms (neighbors’...
Author(s): Katherine L. Dickinson, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Greg Madonia, Nicholas Flores
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
Forest fires at the wildland-urban interface are generating increasing losses due to the expansion of cities into adjacent forests. At the same time, urban green open spaces are highly valuable as sources of recreational, educational and aesthetic benefits. Tradeoffs may arise between the desire to preserve peri-urban forests for...
Author(s): Yaella Depietri, Daniel E. Orenstein
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Increasing the pace and scale of fuel treatments to protect social and ecological values from severe wildfire is a major initiative of numerous land management agencies, organizations, and collaborative groups throughout the western United States, including the Colorado Front Range. Broadcast prescribed fire is a relatively low-cost...
Author(s): Rob Addington, Brian G. Tavernia, Michael D. Caggiano, Matthew P. Thompson, Jason D. Lawhon, John S. Sanderson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire interactions between multiple 1 m tall, 0.7 m diameter chamise shrubs was studied utilizing the Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS, Mell et al., 2009). Two shrub arrangements were investigated. First, nine shrubs were placed in a 3x3 horizontal region. The shrub separation distance and wind speed were varied...
Author(s): William Shannon, Chandana Anand, Babak Shotorban, Shankar M. Mahalingam
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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