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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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive.

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Relationships for predicting duff reduction, mineral soil exposure, and consumption of downed woody fuel were determined to assist in planning prescribed fires. Independent variables included lower and entire duff moisture contents, loadings of downed woody fuels, duff depth, National Fire-Danger Rating System 1,000-hour moisture...
Author(s): James K. Brown, Michael A. Marsden, Kevin C. Ryan, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt
Year Published: 1985
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Data that represent average worst fire weather for a particular area are used to index daily fire danger; however, they do not account for different locations or diurnal weather changes that significantly affect fire behavior potential. To study the effects that selected changes in weather databases have on computed fire behavior...
Author(s): Lucy A. Salazar, Larry S. Bradshaw
Year Published: 1984
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
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
Relationships between height of big sagebrush and crown area, fuel loading, bulk density, size distribution of foliage and stemwood, and fraction dead stemwood are presented. Based upon these relationships, modeled rate-of-fire spread and fireline intensity are shown for sagebrush ranging in height from 20 to 120 cm and in coverage...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1982
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fuel and fire behavior potential in clearcut lodgepole pine and in Douglas-fir/larch under clearcutting, group selection, and shelterwood silvicultural systems were compared after logging to near-complete and conventional utilization standards. Fuels and fire behavior potentials were unaffected by silvicultural...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1980
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
Massive wildfires cost billions of dollars and burn millions of acres in the U.S. every year, but we know surprisingly little about the basic science of how they spread. At the Fire Lab in Missoula, Montana, researchers reverse-engineer spreading fires using wind tunnels, fire-whirl generators, and giant combustion chambers. They're...
Type: Media : Video
Mediasite video presentation given by Sam Amato, (National Fire Decision Support Center) at the 2011 Southwest Interagency Fuels Workshop, Flagstaff, AZ on March 10, 2011. The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) model uses different fire models to provide landscape scale fire modeling. This presentation defines the model...
Type: Media : Video
This seminar was recorded by the RMRS Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Type: Media : Seminar
This webinar was facilitated by Tom St. Clair, Fairbanks, Alaska, and focused on WFDSS modeling and weather. The agenda items covered included: how to pick RAWS to get the best data for wind and fuels, using predicted weather, ERC classes tab in WFDSS, ERC streams tab in WFDSS, winds tab in WFDSS, dealing with weather forecast...
Type: Media : Webinar

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