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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 3,600 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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Smouldering peat fires, the largest fires on Earth in terms of fuel consumption, are reported in six continents and are responsible for regional haze episodes. Haze is the large-scale accumulation of smoke at low altitudes in the atmosphere. It decreases air quality, disrupts transportation and causes health emergencies. Research on...
Author(s): Yuqi Hu, Nieves Fernandez-Anez, Thomas E. L. Smith, Guillermo Rein
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sustainable fire management has eluded all industrial societies. Given the growing number and magnitude of wildfire events, prescribed fire is being increasingly promoted as the key to reducing wildfire risk. However, smoke from prescribed fires can adversely affect public health. We propose that the application of air quality...
Author(s): David M. J. S. Bowman, Lori D. Daniels, Fay H. Johnston, Grant J. Williamson, William Matt Jolly, Sheryl Magzamen, Ana G. Rappold, Michael Brauer, Sarah B. Henderson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire emissions are routinely estimated in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Emissions Inventory, specifically for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and precursors to ozone (O3); however, there is a large amount of uncertainty in this sector. We employ a brute-force zero-out sensitivity method to estimate the...
Author(s): Joseph L. Wilkins, George A. Pouliot, Kristen Foley, Wyat Appel, Thomas E. Pierce
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The NWCG Smoke Management Guide for Prescribed Fire contains information on prescribed fire smoke management techniques, air quality regulations, smoke monitoring, modeling, communication, public perception of prescribed fire and smoke, climate change, practical meteorological approaches and smoke tools. The primary focus of this...
Author(s): Janice L. Peterson, Peter Lahm, Mark Fitch, Michael H. George, Dennis V. Haddow, Mark A. Melvin, Joshua C. Hyde, Ellen Eberhardt
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fast-moving wildfires can result in substantial losses of infrastructure, property and life. During such events, real-time intelligence is critical for managing firefighting activities and public safety. The ability of fixed-site weather radars to detect the plumes from fires has long been recognized; however, quantitative methods...
Author(s): Thomas J. Duff, Derek M. Chong, Trent D. Penman
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire, intentionally ignited low-intensity fires, and managed wildfires—wildfires that are allowed to burn for land management benefit—could be used as a land management tool to create forests that are resilient to wildland fire. This could lead to fewer large catastrophic wildfires in the future. However, we must consider...
Author(s): Kathleen M. Navarro, D.W. Schweizer, John R. Balmes, Ricardo Cisneros
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Heating from wildfires adds buoyancy to the overlying air, often producing plumes that vertically distribute fire emissions throughout the atmospheric column over the fire. The height of the rising wildfire plume is a complex function of the size of the wildfire, fire heat flux, plume geometry, and atmospheric conditions, which can...
Author(s): Derek V. Mallia, Adam K. Kochanski, Shawn P. Urbanski, John C. Lin
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The paper reports visualization of the flow of smoke over a flat surface inside of a low-speed wind tunnel. A heating plate flush mounted on the wind tunnel floor simulated a spreading line fire that produces uniform heat flux under constant wind speed condition. A paper-thin cloth was soaked with commercially available Vaseline and...
Author(s): Nikolay Gustenyov, Nelson K. Akafuah, Ahmad Salaimeh, Mark A. Finney, Sara S. McAllister, Kozo Saito
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The air quality and fire management communities are faced with increasingly difficult decisions regarding critical fire management activities, given the potential contribution of wildland fires to fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Unfortunately, in model frameworks used for air quality management, the ability to represent PM2.5 from...
Author(s): Kelley C. Barsanti, Brian K. Lamb, Robert J. Yokelson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Aerosols emitted by landscape fires affect many climatic processes. Here, we combined an aerosol–climate model and a coupled climate-carbon model to study the carbon cycle and climate effects caused by fire-emitted aerosols (FEA) forcing at the top of the atmosphere and at the surface. This forcing ('best guess' present-day values...
Author(s): Jean-Sebastien Landry, Antti-Ilari Partanen, H. Damon Matthews
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).