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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).

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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
The occurrence and behavior of lightning-caused fires in Yellowstone National Park wer summarized for 17 years (1972-1988) during a prescribed natural fire program. Both ignition (occurrence) and spread (Stand replacing fire activity) of fires were strongly influenced by fuel mositure and forest covery type. Fuel moisture estimates...
Author(s): Roy A. Renkin, Don G. Despain
Year Published: 1992
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Assessment of crown fire conditions calls for two important judgments: (1) identifying conditions for the onset of severe fires, and (2) predicting the spread rate, intensity, and size of expected crown fires. This paper addresses the second problem and provides methods for making a first approximation of the behavior of a running...
Author(s): Richard C. Rothermel
Year Published: 1991
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
An account is presented of the initial long range, 30-day, projections of fire growth of the wildfires in the Greater Yellow stone Area in 1988. The request for information, the method of prediction, and the actual fire growth are discussed and documented with maps. The difficulties and uncertainties of long-range fire prediction...
Author(s): Richard C. Rothermel
Year Published: 1991
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During the afternoon of August 29, 1985, the Butte Fire made a high-intensity crown fire run, covering a distance of 2.22 km in one hour and 40 minutes, and forcing 73 fire fighters to deploy their protective fire shelters. This paper presents a retrospective analysis of the fire behavior in terms of the two major subsystems of the...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 1991
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
This paper offers some suggestions and field guides with respect to the operational application of C.E. Van Wagner's (1997, Can. J. For. Res. 7:23-34) theory to calculate the threshold conditions for the start and spread of crown fires in conifer forests. Three categories of crowning are recognized (passive, active, and independent...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 1988
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
On August 29, 1985, 73 firefighters were forced into safety zones, where they took refuge in their fire shelters for 1 to 2 hours while a very severe crown fire burned over them. The incident took place on the Butte Fire on the Salmon National Forest in Idaho. Five firefighters were hospitalized overnight for heat exhaustion, smoke...
Author(s): Richard C. Rothermel, Robert W. Mutch
Year Published: 1985
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This report reviews the Long Tom Fire Complex. The review team identified 11 issues and provided alternatives for them to reduce suppression costs, improve suppression efficiency, and minimize resource impacts on future large fires in the Salmon River area.
Author(s): Jerry Monesmith, Dick Flannelly, Bert Strom, Jim Lawrence
Year Published: 1985
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document

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