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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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This paper presents an assessment of fire weather and fire behavior predictions produced by a numerical weather prediction model similar to those used by operational weather forecasters when preparing their forecasts. The PSU/NCAR MM5 model is used to simulate the weather conditions associated with three fire episodes in June 2005....
Author(s): Joseph J. Charney, Lesley A. Fusina
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Western United States forest wildfire activity is widely thought to have increased in recent decades, but surprisingly, the extent of recent changes has never been systematically documented. Nor has it been established to what degree climate may be driving regional changes in wildfire. Much of the public and scientific discussion of...
Author(s): Anthony L. Westerling, Hugo G. Hidalgo, Daniel R. Cayan, Thomas W. Swetnam
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent studies have linked the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) with drought occurrence in the interior United States. This study evaluates the influence of AM0 and PDO phases on interannual relationships between climate and wildfire-burned area during the 20th century. Palmer's...
Author(s): Brandon M. Collins, Philip N. Omi, Phillip L. Chapman
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
On 3 April 2006, the U.S. weekly news magazine Time ran a report on global warming with the cover title “Be worried, be very worried.” Similar coverage of global warming has emerged in other general-interest magazines in recent months, triggered by scientific studies that are finding evidence for adverse impacts of global warming...
Author(s): Steven W. Running
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One major source of uncertainty in fire behavior and fire behavior modeling is the spatial variation in wind fields. Mountainsides, valleys, ridges, and the fire itself, influence both the speed and direction of wind flows. Small scale surface wind variations cannot be predicted by synoptic forecasting methods or on-site...
Author(s): Mark A. Finney, Larry S. Bradshaw, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The objective of this project is to conduct a diagnostic analysis of the variations in climate that govern the characteristics of the fire season in the western United States on intra-annual through decadal and longer time scales. We propose a retrospective, model-based analysis to understand better the role of climate as a control...
Author(s): Steven W. Hostetler, Patrick J. Bartlein, Allen M. Solomon, J. O. Holman, Richard T. Busing, Sarah L. Shafer
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
High-temporal resolution meteorological output from the Parallel Climate Model (PCM) is used to assess changes in wildland fire danger across the western United States due to climatic changes projected in the 21st century. A business-as-usual scenario incorporating changing greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations until the year...
Author(s): Timothy J. Brown, Beth L. Hall, Anthony L. Westerling
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Occasionally, Fire Management Today publishes comments from readers on topics of concern, offering authors a chance to respond. Stephen A. Eckert contends that the 'Brewer fire mystery' is not so mysterious. He says that the conditions were ripe for extreme fire behavior, and that under those conditions, the fire quickly went from a...
Author(s): Stephen A. Eckert, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The paper discusses wildfire growth simulated by the FARSITE model using high-resolution wind fields over complex terrain extracted from operational runs of the MM5 weather forecast model supported by the USDA FS Rocky Mountain Center (RMC: http://www.fs.fed.us/rmc/). The original 12-km resolution wind field (simulated by MM5) has...
Author(s): Karl F. Zeller, Ned Nikolov, John S. Snook, Mark A. Finney, Jason M. Forthofer
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Recently there has been discussion in the National Wildland Fire Coordination Group (NWCG) fire danger and fire weather working teams about the impact of observations from different anemometer heights and more importantly, averaging times, on inputs to fire management systems such as National Fire Danger Rating System (Deeming and...
Author(s): Larry S. Bradshaw, Eugene Petrescu, Isaac C. Grenfell
Year Published: 2003
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings

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