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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 4,000 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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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Droughts and insect outbreaks are primary disturbance processes linking climate change to tree mortality in western North America. Refugia from these disturbances—locations where impacts are less severe relative to the surrounding landscape—may be priorities for conservation, restoration, and monitoring. In this study, hypotheses...
Author(s): Jennifer Cartwright
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large wildfires (>40 ha) account for the majority of burned area across the contiguous United States (US) and appropriate substantial suppression resources. A variety of environmental and social factors influence wildfire growth and whether a fire overcomes initial attack efforts and becomes a large wildfire. However, little is...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Jennifer Balch, Bethany A. Bradley, Crystal A. Kolden
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The treatment of the contribution of woody debris (WD, such as branches or small logs >6–50 mm diameter) to the rate of forward spread of a fire in current operational forest fire spread models is inconsistent. Some models do not take into account this fuel at all (i.e. only consider the combustion of fine fuels ( ⩽ 6 mm diameter...
Author(s): Andrew L. Sullivan, N. C. Surawski, Daniel A. Crawford, Richard J. Hurley, Liubov Volkova, Christopher J. Weston, Carl P. Meyer
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Reburn Project was motivated by a need to better understand wildfires as fuel reduction treatments and to assess the impacts of decades of wildland fire suppression activities on forested landscapes. Our study examined three areas, located in the inland Pacific Northwest, central Idaho and interior British Columbia. Each area...
Author(s): Susan J. Prichard, Paul F. Hessburg, Robert W. Gray, Nicholas A. Povak, R. Brion Salter, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This work examines how to adjust the definition of 'dry lightning' in order to optimize the correlation between dry lightning flash count and the climatology of large (>400 km2) lightning‐ignited wildfires over the contiguous United States (CONUS). The National Lightning Detection Network™ and National Centers for Environmental...
Author(s): Brian Vant-Hull, Tollisha Thompson, William Koshak
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This work investigates gap winds in a steep, deep river canyon prone to wildland fire. The driving mechanisms and the potential for forecasting the gap winds are investigated. The onset and strength of the gap winds are found to be correlated to the formation of an along-gap pressure gradient linked to periodic development of a...
Author(s): Natalie S. Wagenbrenner, Jason M. Forthofer, Chris Gibson, Abby Indreland, Brian K. Lamb, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
It is generally accepted that year-to-year variability in moisture conditions and drought are linked with increased wildfire occurrence. However, quantifying the sensitivity of wildfire to surface moisture state at seasonal lead-times has been challenging due to the absence of a long soil moisture record with the appropriate...
Author(s): Daniel Jensen, John T. Reager, Brittany Zajic, Nick Rousseau, Matthew Rodell, Everett Hinkley
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In many forested ecosystems, it is increasingly recognized that the probability of burning is substantially reduced within the footprint of previously burned areas. This self-limiting effect of wildland fire is considered a fundamental emergent property of ecosystems and is partly responsible for structuring landscape heterogeneity...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Marc-Andre Parisien, Lisa M. Holsinger, L. Scott Baggett, Carol Miller
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Drought stress is an important consideration for wildlife in arid and semiarid regions under climate change. Drought can impact plant and animal populations directly, through effects on their physiology, as well as indirectly through effects on vegetation productivity and resource availability, and by creating conditions conducive...
Author(s): James F. Saracco, Stephen M. Fettig, George L. San Miguel, David W. Mehlman, Brent E. Thompson, Steven K. Albert
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large wildfires with uncharacteristically high severity are occurring more frequently in western U.S. forests. The increasing size and severity of wildfires has been attributed to both an increase in weather conducive to fire spread and changes to forest structure and fuel loads due to management practices that included fire...
Author(s): Brandon M. Collins, Jamie M. Lydersen, Van R. Kane, Nicholas A. Povak, Matthew L. Brooks, Douglas F. Smith
Year Published: 2018
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).