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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).

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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The National Fire Danger Rating System and the Fire Behavior Prediction System were tested on prescribed fires burning uderneath canopies in six fuel types in Yosemite National Park, California. The mea error for rate of spread was +0.03 .foot per minute for the NFDRS and -0.15foot for the FBPS. For flame length factors for...
Author(s): Jan W. van Wagtendonk, Stephen J. Botti
Year Published: 1984
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During a period of three days in mid-February 1983, bushfires swept over 400,000 ha in southern Australia, killing 74 people, destroying more than 2,000 homes, and burning out 7 towns. This tragic repetition of the fires of January 1939, in which 71 people perished, was foretold by Noble (1977), whose monograph on the 1939 fires...
Author(s): Frank A. Albini
Year Published: 1984
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Seventy-three clearcuts in western larch/Douglas-fir forests of western Montana were broadcast burned over a wide range of environmental conditions for the purpose of quantifying fire characteristics and burn accomplishment. The moisture content of the upper duff, and the National Fire-Danger Rating System Buildup Index (1964) were...
Author(s): William R. Beaufait, Charles E. Hardy, William C. Fischer
Year Published: 1975
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Strong, sustained, southwesterly winds were a major factor in the Sundance Fire run in northern Idaho during which the fire front raced 16 miles northeastward within a 9-hr. period on September 1, 1967. These winds were found to be dependent upon an unusually strong summertime pressure gradient ahead of an approaching trough,...
Author(s): Arnold I. Finklin
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Sundance Fire on September 1, 1967, made a spectacular run of 16 miles in 9 hours and destroyed more than 50,000 acres. This run became the subject of a detailed research analysis of the environmental, topographic, and vegetation variables aimed at reconstructing and describing fire phenomena. This report details the fire's...
Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1968
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The main purpose of this publication is to summarize the most important aspects of fire behavior as we now know them. The author recognizes that there are still many unknowns in the behavior of forest and range fires. These unknowns will be the targets of future research. In the meantime it is important that the best available...
Author(s): Jack S. Barrows
Year Published: 1951
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
On August 21, 1937, the tragic Blackwater Fire caused the death of 15 firefighters, burning approximately 1,700 acres of National Forest System lands on the Shoshone National Forest, near Cody, Wyoming. An electrical storm occurred in the general vicinity of Blackwater Creek on Wednesday, August 18th causing a fire, which was not...
Author(s): Erle Kauffman
Year Published: 1937
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
[Excerpt from text] Measurements of meteorological conditions prevailing during the rapid spread of forest fires are greatly needed so that when their recurrence seems probable, fire weather forecasters may issue warnings of the danger.
Author(s): George M. Jemison
Year Published: 1932
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
[Excerpted from text] It is not often that a large forest fire occurs conveniently near a weather station specially equipped for measuring forest-fire weather. The 13,000-acre Quartz Creek fire on the Kaniksu National Forest during the summer of 1936 was close enough to the Priest River Experimental...
Author(s): Harry T. Gisborne
Year Published: 1927
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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