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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,700 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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Western North American fires have been increasing in magnitude and severity over the last few decades. The complex coupling of fires with the atmospheric energy budget and meteorology creates short-term feedbacks on regional weather altering the amount of pollution to which Americans are exposed. Using a combination of model...
Author(s): Diana N. Bernstein, Douglas S. Hamilton, Rosalie Krasnoff, Natalie M. Mahowald, David S. Connelly, Simone Tilmes, Peter G. M. Hess
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This work provides a detailed overview of existing investigations into the fire–wind interaction phenomena. Specifically, it considers: the fanning effect of wind, wind direction and slope angle, and the impact of wind on fire modelling, and the relevant analysis (numerical and experimental) techniques are evaluated. Recently, the...
Author(s): Maryam Ghodrat, Farshad Shakeriaski, David James Nelson, Albert Simeoni
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lightning-caused fires (LCFs) and fire environments influenced by thunderstorms are increasingly implicated in extreme wildfire events around the world, with devastating consequences to society and the environment. However, the disaster potential inherent to LCFs is often neglected, especially where the fire regime is determined...
Author(s): Paulo A. Martins Fernandes, João A. Santos, Fernando Castedo-Dorado, Rui Almeida
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires were a frequent source of disturbance in forests of the Western United States prior to Euro-American settlement. Following a series of catastrophic wildfires in the Northern Rockies in 1910, the U.S. Forest Service adopted a broad wildfire suppression policy that has resulted in forests thick with small trees. These...
Author(s): Andrea Watts, Frederick C. Meinzer, Thomas A. Spies, Andrew G. Merschel, Steven L. Voelker
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Abrupt changes in wind direction and speed caused by thunderstorm-generated gust fronts can, within a few seconds, transform slow-spreading low-intensity flanking fires into high-intensity head fires. Flame heights and spread rates can more than double. Fire mitigation strategies are challenged and the safety of fire crews is put at...
Author(s): Gary Achtemeier, Scott L. Goodrick
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hillslope erosion has often been monitored with sediment fences, but these can underestimate sediment yields due to overtopping of runoff and associated sediment. We modified four sediment fences to collect and measure the runoff and sediment that overtopped the fence in addition to the sediment deposited behind the fence. Specific...
Author(s): Codie Wilson, Stephanie Kampf, Joseph W. Wagenbrenner, Lee H. MacDonald, Hunter Gleason
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Anthropogenic climate change is expected to cause an increase in fire danger over south-eastern Australia during the 21st century, primarily driven by increased surface temperature. Studies of future fire weather in Victoria, Australia, have so far mostly utilised direct output from general circulation models, which have inadequate...
Author(s): Scott Clark, Graham A. Mills, Timothy J. Brown, Sarah Harris, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Atmospheric forcing and interactions between the fire and atmosphere are primary drivers of wildland fire behavior. The atmosphere is known to be a chaotic system that, although deterministic, is very sensitive to small perturbations to initial conditions. We assume that as a result of the tight coupling between fire and atmosphere...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Jonko, Kara M. Yedinak, Juliana L. Conley, Rodman Linn
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the western United States, mountain pine beetles (MPBs) have caused tree mortality across 7% of the forested area over the past three decades, leading to concerns of increased fire activity in MPB-affected landscapes. While fire behavior modeling suggests MPB-associated changes in fuels may influence fire behavior, retrospective...
Author(s): Sarah J. Hart, Daniel L. Preston
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Novel combinations of fire regime and forest type are emerging in areas affected by climate change, fire exclusion, and other stressors. Species interactions following wildfire in these areas are not well understood. In Sierra Nevada mixed conifer forests, large patches of stand-replacing fire were once rare but are becoming...
Author(s): Carmen L. Tubbesing, Scott L. Stephens
Year Published: 2020
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).