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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).

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This paper analyzes data from 339 large wildland fires that occurred in the Continental United States from 1971 through 1984. Each fire burned 1,000 acres (400 ha) or more. Each fire was associated with the nearest upper-air weather station and classified according to its season (spring, summer, autumn, or winter). Results of this...
Author(s): Brian E. Potter
Year Published: 1997
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The demand for climatological precipitation fields on a regular grid is growing dramatically as ecological and hydrological models become increasingly linked to geographic information systems that spatially represent and manipulate model output. This paper presents an analytical model that distributes point measurements of monthly...
Author(s): Christopher Daly, Ronald P. Neilson, Donald L. Phillips
Year Published: 1994
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire managers in the Northwestern United States are often confronted by the problem of determining when precipitation might stop an ongoing fire. The possibility that a useful probability for fire-stopping precipitation could be developed from historical weather records was investigated. Persons familiar with weather and fire...
Author(s): Donald J. Latham, Richard C. Rothermel
Year Published: 1993
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Thirty-day forecasts of fire potential are needed, and can be computed using a variety of monthly fire weather indices. But which indices are most related to monthly fire severity? Correlation analysis was used to determine the relationships between mean monthly fire potential indices and monthly measures of ire severity at 16...
Author(s): M. H. McCutchan, William A. Main
Year Published: 1989
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Adjacent headwater streams were monitored for postfire shade, summer streamflow and maximum water temperature following the 40,000 ha Silver Complex fire in southern Oregon. Average postfire shade (30 percent) for the three streams was considerably less than prefire shade (est.>90 percent). Dramatic increases in direct solar...
Author(s): Michael Amaranthus, Howard Jubas, David Arthur
Year Published: 1989
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
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
Extensive networks of magnetic direction-finding (DF) stations have been installed throughout the western United States and Alaska to facilitate early detection of lightning-caused fires. Each station contains a new wideband direction-finder that responds primarily to cloud-to-ground lightning and discriminates against cloud...
Author(s): E. Philip Krider, R. C. Noggle, A. E. Pifer, Dale L. Vance
Year Published: 1980
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Systems to enable land managers to locate, evaluate, and counter the fire threat of lightning storms are in the early stages of development. In the western U.S. and Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management has established networks of instruments that locate lightning strikes by means of recorded azimuths. Further research could add...
Author(s): Donald J. Latham
Year Published: 1979
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
[Excerpt from text] Measurements of meteorological conditions prevailing during the rapid spread of forest fires are greatly needed so that when their recurrence seems probable, fire weather forecasters may issue warnings of the danger.
Author(s): George M. Jemison
Year Published: 1932
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
[Excerpted from text] It is not often that a large forest fire occurs conveniently near a weather station specially equipped for measuring forest-fire weather. The 13,000-acre Quartz Creek fire on the Kaniksu National Forest during the summer of 1936 was close enough to the Priest River Experimental...
Author(s): Harry T. Gisborne
Year Published: 1927
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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