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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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In the fall of 2003, the Rocky Mountain Ranger District of the Lewis and Clark National Forest initiated a multi-year, large-scale prescribed burn in the Scapegoat Wilderness. The objectives of this burn were to make the non-wilderness side of the wilderness boundary more defensible from wildfire and to establish conditions that...
Author(s): Katie Knotek, Alan E. Watson
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
A mixed severity fire regime historically created complex landscape structures in ponderosa pine forests of the Colorado Front Range. Mitigating present wildfire risks and restoring these forests to ecologically sustainable conditions requires new guidelines for landscape treatment. However, vast acreages need treatment while only...
Author(s): Merrill R. Kaufmann, Jimmie D. Chew, J. Greg Jones
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Occasionally, Fire Management Today publishes comments from readers on topics of concern, offering authors a chance to respond. Stephen A. Eckert contends that the 'Brewer fire mystery' is not so mysterious. He says that the conditions were ripe for extreme fire behavior, and that under those conditions, the fire quickly went from a...
Author(s): Stephen A. Eckert, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This resource is a special issue of Fire Management Today that includes articles on fire behavior and descriptions of specific large fires that have important lessons in fire fighter safety.
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The fire season of 2000 was used as a case study to assess the value of increasing mesoscale model resolution for fire weather and fire danger forecasting. With a domain centered on Western Montana and Northern Idaho, MM5 simulations were run at 36, 12, and 4-km resolutions for a 30 day period at the height of the fire season....
Author(s): Jeanne L. Hoadley, Miriam L. Rorig, Kenneth Westrick, Larry S. Bradshaw, Sue A. Ferguson, Scott L. Goodrick, Paul A. Werth
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Fire whirls are a typically rare but potentially catastrophic form of fire. They are observed during urban and forest fires, where fire "tornadoes" are characterized by large-scale whirling flames which rise in 2 to 360 m diameter vortices from 10 to 1200 m high. These fire whirls accelerate combustion, produce significant suction...
Author(s): Robert N. Meroney
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
The year 1999 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mann Gulch Fire that occurred in western Montana on August 5, 1949 (Matthews 1999). There has been considerable interest amongst the Canadian wildland fire community in the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire ever since the publishing of MacLean's (1992) book 'Young Men and Fire' and Rothermel's (...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2000
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
The Butte City Fire occurred on July 1, 1994, west of Idaho Falls, ID. Ignited from a burning flat tire, the blaze was driven by high winds that caused it to cover over 20,500 acres in just over 6.5 hours. Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis) is the principal shrub species of this high desert rangeland. With the...
Author(s): Bret W. Butler, Timothy D. Reynolds
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Daily fire growth maps display the growth of the 1988 fires in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Information and data sources included daily infrared photography flights, satellite imagery, ground and aerial reconnaissance, command center intelligence, and the personal recollections of fire behavior observers. Fire position was...
Author(s): Richard C. Rothermel, Roberta A. Hartford, Carolyn H. Chase
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
An atmospheric index specifically designed to be related to the growth of wildland fires is evaluated for two recent Idaho fires. The index includes terms related to high midlevel lapse rates and low-level dry air. In the cases examined, the index performs well at pinpointing the time of the most explosive fire growth. Long-term...
Author(s): Paul A. Werth, Richard Ochoa
Year Published: 1993
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).