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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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The article 'Implementation of National Fire Plan treatments in the wildland-urban interface in the western United States' (1) is misleading because it is based on wildland-urban interface (WUI) designations not used by federal agencies or their state and local partners. Moreover, by omitting any examination of the allotment of...
Author(s): Allan Fitzsimmons
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Because of increasing concern about the effects of catastrophic wildland fires throughout the western United States, federal land managers have been engaged in efforts to restore historical fire behavior and mitigate wildfire risk. During the last 5 years (2004-2008), 44,000 fuels treatments were implemented across the western...
Author(s): Tania L. Schoennagel, Cara R. Nelson, David M. Theobald, Gunnar C. Carnwath, Teresa B. Chapman
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Most studies of wildland fire and residential development have focused on the cost of firefighting and solutions such as fuel reduction and fire-safe home building. Although some studies quantify the number of homes being built near forests, little research has indicated the potential magnitude of the problem in the future. This...
Author(s): Patricia Gude, Ray Rasker, Jeff van den Noort
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With the focus of the National Fire Plan on decreasing fire risk in the wildland-urban interface, fire managers are increasingly tasked with reducing the fuel load in areas where mixed public and private ownership and a growing number of homes can make most fuel reduction methods problematic at best. In many of these intermix areas...
Author(s): Sarah M. McCaffrey
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
The temporal and spatial structure of 332 404 daily fire-start records from the western United States for the period 1986 through 1996 is illustrated using several complimentary visualisation techniques. We supplement maps and time series plots with Hovmller diagrams that reduce the spatial dimensionality of the daily data in order...
Author(s): Patrick J. Bartlein, Steven W. Hostetler, Sarah L. Shafer, J. O. Holman, Allen M. Solomon
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The issue of sorting through who should bear responsibility for mitigating wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface of the northern Inland West was approached using focus groups. The groups were selected to reflect a variety of stakeholders in the study area population for whom interface issues are relevant. Most participants...
Author(s): Brad R. Weisshaupt, Pamela J. Jakes, Matthew S. Carroll, Keith A. Blatner
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge manages ecosystems that depend on fire for their maintenance. Fire is abundant in and adjacent to the refuge where lightning and human ignitions can rapidly spread in grass and shrub fuels. Farm and ranch land which would be adversely impacted by fire, pose a significant logistical...
Author(s): Bill Clark, Doug Stephen, Pat Stephen, Laurie L. Kurth, Ken Kerr
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document
Fire managers define the wildland-urban interface as all areas were flammable wildland fuels are adjacent to homes and communities. With this definition, the wild-land-urban interface may encompass a much broader landscape than traditionally perceived. For example, the Tunnel Fire in the Oakland hills in 1991 included a large area...
Author(s): Alan J. Long, Dale D. Wade, Frank C. Beall
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Focus groups were used to gauge tolerance of smoke from broadcast prescribed forest burning in the wildland-urban interface of the northern Inland West. Focus group participants worked through issues surrounding prescribed burning as a management tool to determine if the origin of smoke made a difference in the acceptance of that...
Author(s): Brad R. Weisshaupt, Matthew S. Carroll, Keith A. Blatner, William D. Robinson, Pamela J. Jakes
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Threat from wildfire can be greatly minimized through proactive efforts that reduce and slow spread through use of green strips or fuel breaks, and decrease fire volatility by reducing fuel load. This results in greater safety to fire fighters and protection to key urban interface areas or wildlife habitat. The fight against western...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Vollmer
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings

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