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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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Wildland fire behavior models are often initiated using the detection information listed in incident reports. This information carries an unknown amount of uncertainty, though it is often the most readily available ignition data. To determine the extent to which the use of detection information affects wildland fire forecasts, this...
Author(s): Amy L. DeCastro, Amanda Siems-Anderson, Ebone Smith, Jason C. Knievel, Branko Kosović, Barbara G. Brown, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A microscale wildfire model, QES-Fire, that dynamically couples the fire front to microscale winds was developed using a simplified physics rate of spread (ROS) model, a kinematic plume-rise model and a mass-consistent wind solver. The model is three-dimensional and couples fire heat fluxes to the wind field while being more...
Author(s): Matt Moody, Jeremy A. Gibbs, Steven K. Krueger, Derek V. Mallia, Eric Pardyjak, Adam K. Kochanski, Brian N. Bailey, Rob Stoll
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The future of dry forests around the world is uncertain given predictions that rising temperatures and enhanced aridity will increase drought-induced tree mortality. Using forest management and ecological restoration to reduce density and competition for water offers one of the few pathways that forests managers can potentially...
Author(s): John Bradford, Robert K. Shriver, Marcos D. Robles, Lisa McCauley, Travis J. Woolley, Caitlin M. Andrews, Michael A. Crimmins, David M. Bell
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An analysis of a dataset (n = 58) of high-intensity wildfire observations in cured grasslands from southern Australia revealed a simple relationship suitable for quickly obtaining a first approximation of a fire’s spread rate under low dead fuel moisture contents and strong wind speeds. It was found that the forward rate of fire...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander, Musa Kilinc
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There is mounting concern that global wildfire activity is shifting in frequency, intensity, and seasonality in response to climate change. Fuel moisture provides a powerful means of detecting changing fire potential. Here, we use global burned area, weather reanalysis data, and the Canadian fire weather index system to calculate...
Author(s): Todd M. Ellis, David M. J. S. Bowman, Piyush Jain, Michael D. Flannigan, Grant J. Williamson
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Night-time provides a critical window for slowing or extinguishing fires owing to the lower temperature and the lower vapour pressure deficit (VPD). However, fire danger is most often assessed based on daytime conditions1,2, capturing what promotes fire spread rather than what impedes fire. Although it is well appreciated that...
Author(s): Jennifer Balch, John T. Abatzoglou, Maxwell B. Joseph, Michael J. Koontz, Adam L. Mahood, Joe McGlinchy, Megan E. Cattau, A. Park Williams
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Key to the long-term resilience of dryland ecosystems is the recovery of foundation plant species following disturbance. In ecosystems with high interannual weather variability, understanding the influence of short-term environmental conditions on establishment of foundation species is essential for identifying vulnerable landscapes...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Urza, Peter J. Weisberg, David Board, Jeanne C. Chambers, Stanley G. Kitchen, Bruce A. Roundy
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We present novel in-field vegetation fire observations and the analyses using brightness temperatures recorded by longwave infrared camera and thermal image velocimetry. The brightness temperatures from a wind-driven stubble wheat fire were obtained with a 60 frames per second (fps) video acquisition. Multi-level sonic anemometers...
Author(s): Marwan Katurji, Jiawei Zhang, Ashley Satinsky, Hamish McNair, Benjamin Schumacher, Tara Strand, Andres Valencia, Mark A. Finney, H. Grant Pearce, Jessica Kerr, Daisuke Seto, Hugh Wallace, Peyman Zawar-Reza, Christina Dunker, Veronica R. Clifford, Katharine O. Melnik, Torben Grumstrup, Jason M. Forthofer, Craig B. Clements
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Violent fire-driven convection can manifest as towering pyrocumulus (pyroCu) or pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds, which can have devastating impacts on the environment and society. Their associated fire spread is erratic, unpredictable and not generally suppressible. Research into large pyroconvective events has mainly focused on...
Author(s): Rachel Badlan, J. Sharples, Jason P. Evans, Richard H. D. McRae
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire weather tools, such as the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) and the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS), have been developed to support wildland fire management decisions. However, little is known about how these tools are used in practice, the sensitivity of fire management decisions to fire weather...
Author(s): Eric L. Toman, Robyn S. Wilson, William Matt Jolly, Christine Olsen
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).