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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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Wildfires are a major source of air pollutants in the United States. Wildfire smoke can trigger severe pollution episodes with substantial impacts on public health. In addition to acute episodes, wildfires can have a marginal effect on air quality at significant distances from the source, presenting significant challenges to air...
Author(s): Shawn P. Urbanski, Matthew C. Reeves, Rachel E. Corley, Robin P. Silverstein, Wei Min Hao
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
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
Under the scope of a 2014 Joint Fire Science Program Grant, we are currently investigating future wildfire activity and consequences on air quality over the United States. In this study, we focus on major air pollutants, such as PM2.5 and ozone, and employ the global Community Earth System Model (CESM) using an unprecedented fine...
Author(s): Maria Val Martin, Jeffrey R. Pierce, Colette L. Heald
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Scientists this summer are taking to the air in an ambitious effort to better understand the chemistry, behavior, and health impacts of wildfire smoke. The flights in an instrument-packed C-130 airplane belonging to the National Science Foundation will be followed in 2019 by flights on a NASA DC-8 research jet by scientists with...
Author(s): Warren Cornwall
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fires are regulated by states and are always subject to strict air-quality standards. Their use must be planned carefully to keep the smoke they produce at acceptable levels. Managers can predict the direction of smoke plumes by relying on meteorological reports and using computer models. Managers avoid smoke-sensitive...
Author(s): Carrie Berger, Stephen A. Fitzgerald, Daniel Leavell, Janice L. Peterson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The Smoke Science Plan (SSP) was built upon personal interviews and an extensive web-based needs identification with scientists, fire managers, and air quality managers using online questionnaires (Riebau and Fox 2010a, 2010b). It is structured around four themes, which are conceptualized as complementary investigative areas to...
Author(s): Allen R. Riebau, Douglas G. Fox, Cindy Huber
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Acute and chronic exposure to wildfire smoke can cause numerous documented cardiopulmonary effects, although determining the casual components within the thousands of different chemicals found in both the particle and gas phases remains a toxicological challenge. Specifically, little work has been done to evaluate and predict...
Author(s): M. Ian Gilmour
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).