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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 relationship between large fire occurrence and drought has important implications for fire prediction under current and future climates. This study's primary objective was to evaluate correlations between drought and fire-danger-rating indices representing short- and long-term drought, to determine which had the strongest...
Author(s): Karen L. Riley, John T. Abatzoglou, Isaac C. Grenfell, Anna E. Klene, Faith A. Heinsch
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Thinning is a common silvicultural treatment being widely used to restore different types of overstocked forest stands in western U.S. because of its effect on changing fire behavior. Typically, thinning is applied at the stand level using prescriptions derived from sample plots that ignore variability in tree sizes and location...
Author(s): Marco A. Contreras, Woodam Chung
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) project 09-S-03-1 was undertaken in response to JFSP Project Announcement No. FA-RFA09-0002 with respect to a synthesis on extreme fire behavior or more specifically a review and analysis of the literature dealing with certain features of crown fire behavior in conifer forests in the United States...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander, Miguel G. Cruz, Nicole M. Vaillant, David L. Peterson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
The degree of accuracy in model predictions of rate of spread in wildland fires is dependent on the model's applicability to a given situation, the validity of the model's relationships, and the reliability of the model input data. On the basis of a compilation of 49 fire spread model evaluation datasets involving 1278 observations...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Despite growing knowledge of fire-environment linkages in the western USA, obtaining reliable estimates of relative wildfire likelihood remains a work in progress. The purpose of this study is to use updated fire observations during a 25-year period and a wide array of environmental variables in a statistical framework to produce...
Author(s): Marc-Andre Parisien, Susan Snetsinger, Jonathan A. Greenberg, Cara R. Nelson, Tania L. Schoennagel, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Max A. Moritz
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Land managers have been using fire behavior and simulation models to assist in several fire management tasks. These widely-used models use average attributes to make stand-level predictions without considering spatial variability of fuels within a stand. Consequently, as the existing models have limitations in adequately modeling...
Author(s): Marco A. Contreras, Russell A. Parsons, Woodam Chung
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The author presents a brief discussion of the changing face of extreme fire behavior and an introduction to Synthesis of knowledge of extreme fire behavior: volume I for fire managers.
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Declining forest health attributed to associations between extensive bark beetle-caused tree mortality, accumulations of hazardous fuels, wildfire, and climate change have catalyzed changes in forest health and wildfire protection policies of land management agencies. These changes subsequently prompted research to investigate the...
Author(s): Michael J. Jenkins, Wesley G. Page, Elizabeth G. Hebertson, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group definition of extreme fire behavior (EFB) indicates a level of fire behavior characteristics that ordinarily precludes methods of direct control action. One or more of the following is usually involved: high rate of spread, prolific crowning/spotting, presence of fire whirls, and strong...
Author(s): Paul A. Werth, Brian E. Potter, Craig B. Clements, Mark A. Finney, Scott L. Goodrick, Martin E. Alexander, Miguel G. Cruz, Jason M. Forthofer, Sara S. McAllister
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Synthesis, Technical Report or White Paper
Disturbance interactions have received growing interest in ecological research in the last decade. Fire and bark beetle outbreaks have recently increased in severity and extent across western North America, raising concerns about their possible interactions. Although it is often presumed that bark beetle outbreaks increase...
Author(s): Martin Simard, William H. Romme, Jacob M. Griffin, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2011
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).