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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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 Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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Fires and floods are important drivers of geomorphic change. While the hydrologic and geomorphic effects of fires have been studied at the hillslope scale, we have much more limited data on post-fire runoff, channel changes, and inferred or measured sediment storage and delivery at larger scales. In this study we intensively...
Author(s): Dan Brogan, Lee H. MacDonald, Peter A. Nelson, Jacob A. Morgan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Erosion of soil carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) following severe wildfire may have deleterious effects on downstream resources and ecosystem recovery. Although C and N losses in combustion and runoff have been studied extensively, soil C and N transported by post-fire erosion has rarely been quantified in burned landscapes. To better...
Author(s): Derek N. Pierson, Peter R. Robichaud, Charles C. Rhoades, Robert E. Brown
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire alters vegetation cover and soil hydrologic properties, substantially increasing the likelihood of debris flows in steep watersheds. Our understanding of initiation mechanisms of post‐wildfire debris flows is limited, in part, by a lack of direct observations and measurements. In particular, there is a need to understand...
Author(s): Luke A. McGuire, Francis K. Rengers, Jason W. Kean, Dennis M. Staley, Joel B. Smith
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
During 2-5 December 2010, an area of 2500 ha in the Carmel forests was consumed by a severe wildfire, causing soil erosion from the exposed slopes. Whereas most studies show that post-fire erosion rates tend to decline after the second year, in this case, we aim to address the ongoing consequences that different management practices...
Author(s): Rami Zituni, Lea Wittenberg, Dan Malkinson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Seed mixes used for postfire seeding in the Great Basin are often selected on the basis of short-term rehabilitation objectives, such as ability to rapidly establish and suppress invasive exotic annuals (e.g., cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum L.). Longer-term considerations are also important, including whether seeded plants persist,...
Author(s): Jeffrey E. Ott, Francis F. Kilkenny, Daniel D. Summers, Tyler W. Thompson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mosses and wildfires are ubiquitous occurrences. Their correlation has been assessed in few studies. Mosses have been pointed as pioneer species in post-fire environments. However, reasons for moss crusting in post-wildfire soils and their ecosystem role in preventing soil erosion have not been quantitatively assessed. Moss crusts...
Author(s): Flávio C. Silva, Diana C.S. Vieira, Els van der Spek, J. Jacob Keizer
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires represent one of the largest disturbances in watersheds of the Intermountain West. Yet, we lack models capable of predicting post‐wildfire impacts on downstream ecosystems and infrastructure. Here we present a novel modeling framework that links new and existing models to simulate the post‐wildfire sediment cascade,...
Author(s): Brendan P. Murphy, Jonathan A. Czuba, Patrick Belmont
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Reestablishment of perennial vegetation is often needed after wildfires to limit exotic species and restore ecosystem services. However, there is growing body of evidence that questions if seeding after wildfires increases perennial vegetation and reduces exotic plants. The concern that seeding may not meet restoration goals is even...
Author(s): Kirk W. Davies, Jonathan D. Bates, Chad S. Boyd
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The apparent failure of ecosystems to recover from increasingly widespread disturbance is a global concern. Despite growing focus on factors inhibiting resilience and restoration, we still know very little about how demographic and population processes influence recovery. Using inverse and forward demographic modelling of 531 post‐...
Author(s): Robert K. Shriver, Caitlin M. Andrews, Robert S. Arkle, David M Barnard, Michael C. Duniway, Matthew J. Germino, David S. Pilliod, David A. Pyke, Justin L. Welty, John Bradford
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post-fire flooding and elevated sediment loads in channels can pose hazards to people and structures within the wildland-urban interface. Mitigation of these hazards is essential to protect downstream resources. Straw bale check dams are one treatment designed to reduce sediment yields in small ephemeral catchments (<2 ha). This...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, Keenan A. Storrar, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner
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).