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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 4,800 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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With recent and predicted increases in the frequency and intensity of wildfires, there is a pressing need for mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of wildfires on human lives, infrastructure and biodiversity. One strategy involves the use of low-flammability plants to build green firebreaks at the wildland–urban interface. It...
Author(s): Brad R. Murray, Colin Brown, Megan L. Murray, Daniel W. Krix, Leigh J. Martin, Thomas Hawthorne, Molly I. Wallace, Summer A. Potvin, Jonathan K. Webb
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This work reports characteristics of embers generated by torching trees and seeks to identify the important physical and biological factors involved. The size of embers, number flux and propensity to ignite spot fires (i.e. number flux of ‘hot’ embers) are reported for several tree species under different combinations of number (one...
Author(s): Tyler R. Hudson, Ryan B. Bray, David L. Blunck, Wesley G. Page, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent decades have witnessed an escalation in the social, economic, and ecological impacts of wildfires worldwide. Wildfire losses stem from the complex interplay of social and ecological forces at multiple scales, including global climate change, regional wildfire regimes altered by human activities, and locally managed wildland-...
Author(s): Ronald L. Schumann, Miranda H. Mockrin, Alexandra D. Syphard, Joshua Whittaker, Owen F. Price, Cassandra Johnson-Gaither, Christopher T. Emrich, Van Butsic
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Homeowners in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) are strongly encouraged to protect their property from the risk of damage from forest fires. FireSmart Canada, similar to Firewise used in the United States, and Community Fireguard, Community FireWise, Community FireSafe and the Bushfire Ready Action Groups in Australia, provides...
Author(s): Mohamed Ergibi, Hayley Hesseln
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires, a worldwide problem, are gaining more importance over time due to climate change and increased urbanization in WUI areas. Some jurisdictions have provided standards, codes and guidelines, which may greatly help planning, prevention and protection against wildfires. This work presents a wide...
Author(s): Paolo Intini, Enrico Ronchi, Steven M. V. Gwynne, Noureddine Bénichou
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The top priority of fire management agencies in Canada is to protect human life and property. Here we investigate if decades of aggressive fire suppression in the boreal biome of Canada has reduced the proportion of recently burned forests (RBF; <30 years) near human communities, and thereby inadvertently increased the risk of...
Author(s): Marc-Andre Parisien, Quinn E. Barber, Kelvin G. Hirsch, Christopher A. Stockdale, Sandy Erni, Xianli Wang, Dominique Arseneault, Sean A. Parks
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post-incident studies provide direct and valuable information to further the scientific understanding of Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires. Most post-incident studies involve data collection in the field (i.e. a 'research field deployment'). In this review, technical reports of post-incident studies for WUI fire and other natural...
Author(s): Benjamin Gaudet, Albert Simeoni, Steven M. V. Gwynne, Erica D. Kuligowski, Noureddine Bénichou
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In recent years, severe and deadly wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires have resulted in an increased focus on this particular risk to humans and property, especially in Canada, USA, Australia, and countries in the Mediterranean area. Also, in areas not previously accustomed to wildfires, such as boreal areas in Sweden, Norway, and...
Author(s): Torgrim Log, Vigdis Vandvik, Liv G. Velle, Maria-Monika Metallinou
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The cause of the majority of structure losses in wildland-urban interface fires is ignition via firebrands, small pieces of burning material generated from burning vegetation and structures. To understand the mechanism of these losses, small-scale experiments designed to capture heating from firebrand piles and to describe the...
Author(s): Raquel S. P. Hakes, Hamed Salehizadeh, Matthew J. Weston-Dawkes, Michael J. Gollner
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Predicting wildfire disasters presents a major challenge to the field of risk science, especially when fires propagate long distances through diverse fuel types and complex terrain. A good example is in the western US where large tracts of public lands routinely experience large fires that spread from remote wildlands into developed...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Palaiologos Palaiologou, Cody Evers, Michelle A. Day, Chris Ringo, Karen C. Short
Year Published: 2019
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).