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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 4,800 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.

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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Forests are substantially influenced by disturbances, and therefore accurate information about the location, timing, and magnitude of disturbances is important for understanding effects. In the western United States, the two major disturbance agents that kill trees are wildfire and bark beetle outbreaks. Our objective was to...
Author(s): Jeffrey A. Hicke, Arjan J. H. Meddens, Crystal A. Kolden
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Extensive outbreaks of bark beetles have killed trees across millions of hectares of forests and woodlands in western North America. These outbreaks have led to spirited scientific, public, and policy debates about consequential increases in fire risk, especially in the wildland–urban interface (WUI), where homes and communities are...
Author(s): Dominik Kulakowski, Nathan Mietkiewicz
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires have increased in western North America, creating extensive areas of regenerating forests. There is concern that recent large, stand-replacing fires will synchronize forest development and commit landscapes to a future of increased disturbance, such as bark beetle outbreaks that require extensive, well-connected forests of...
Author(s): Rupert Seidl, Daniel C. Donato, Kenneth F. Raffa, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recently, wildfires and prescribed burning have become more frequent in conifer forests of western North America. Most studies examining the impacts of insects on trees with post-fire injury have focused on contributions to tree mortality. Few studies have examined fire-caused injuries to estimate the probability of attack by...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron, Joel D. McMillin, Carolyn Hull Sieg, James F. Fowler, Kurt K. Allen, Linda L. Wadleigh, John A. Anhold, Ken E. Gibson
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent large scale mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins, MPB) outbreaks have created concern regarding increased fuel loadings and exacerbated fire behavior and have prompted a desire to understand the effects of sequential disturbances on the landscape. However, previous research has focused on quantifying fuel...
Author(s): Michelle Agne, Travis J. Woolley, Stephen A. Fitzgerald
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Where do most of the general public encounter whitebark pines? Ski areas! These recreational areas in high elevations allow many to encounter an otherwise remote and wilderness species. This accessibility of whitebark pines at ski areas serves as the motivation behind the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation’s...
Author(s): Edie Dooley
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Recent bark beetle outbreaks in western North America have led to concerns regarding changes in fuel profiles and associated changes in fire behavior. Data are lacking for a range of infestation severities and time since outbreak, especially for relatively arid cover types. We surveyed fuel loads and simulated fire behavior for...
Author(s): E. Matthew Hansen, Morris C. Johnson, Barbara J. Bentz, A. Steven Munson
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent large and severe outbreaks of native bark beetles have raised concern among the general public and land managers about potential for amplified fire activity in western North America. To date, the majority of studies examining bark beetle outbreaks and subsequent fire severity in the U.S. Rocky Mountains have focused on...
Author(s): Robert A. Andrus, Thomas T. Veblen, Brian J. Harvey, Sarah Hart
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Although there is acute concern that insect-caused tree mortality increases the likelihood or severity of subsequent wildfire, previous studies have been mixed, with findings typically based on stand-scale simulations or individual events. This study investigates landscape- and regional-scale wildfire likelihood following outbreaks...
Author(s): Garrett W. Meigs, John L. Campbell, Harold S. Zald, John D. Bailey, David C. Shaw, Robert E. Kennedy
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Increased wildfire activity and recent bark beetle outbreaks in the western United States have increased the potential for interactions between disturbance types to influence forest characteristics. However, the effects of interactions between bark beetle outbreaks and subsequent wildfires on forest succession remain poorly...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan, Chad M. Hoffman
Year Published: 2015
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).