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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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This paper deals with the modelling of living fuel ignition, suggesting that an accurate description using a multiphase formulation requires consideration of a thermal disequilibrium within the vegetation particle, between the solid (wood) and the liquid (sap). A simple model at particle scale is studied to evaluate the flux...
Author(s): A. Lamorlette, M. El Houssami, D. Morvan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We consider a wildfire spread model represented by the system (1). We use results from the theory of Hamilton-Jacobi equations to prove that there exists a classical solution of (1) for any (ϕ,t)∈R×(0,T)(ϕ,t)∈R×(0,T) and some T>0T>0 and satisfies particular initial conditions. We also use the method of characteristics to...
Author(s): Michal Fečkan, Július Pačuta
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Most previous research has assessed the ability of the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) to portray fire activity at either single sites or on small spatial scales, despite it being a nation-wide system. This study seeks to examine the relationships between a set of NFDRS fire danger indices (Fire Danger Ratings, Staffing...
Author(s): Nicholas G. Walding, Hywel T. P. Williams, Scott McGarvie, Claire M. Belcher
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The complexity and demands of wildland firefighting in the western U.S. have increased over recent decades due to factors including the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, lengthening fire seasons associated with climate change, and changes in vegetation due to past fire suppression and timber harvest. In light of these...
Author(s): Karen L. Riley, Matthew P. Thompson, Joe H. Scott, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day
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
Predicting wind-driven rate of fire spread (RoS) has been the aim of many studies. Still, a field-tested model for general use, regardless of vegetation type, is currently lacking. We develop an empirical model for wind-aided RoS from laboratory fires (n = 216), assuming that it depends mainly on fire-released energy and on the...
Author(s): Carlos G. Rossa, Paulo M. Fernandes
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Components of a fire regime have long been estimated using mean-value-based ordinary least-squares regression. But, forest and fire managers require predictions beyond the mean because impacts of small and large fires on forest ecosystems and wildland–urban interfaces are different. Therefore, different action plans are required to...
Author(s): Baburam Rijal
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire plays a key role in regulating the spatial interactions between adjacent vegetation types from the stand to the landscape scale. Fire behavior modeling can facilitate the understanding of these interactions and help managers restore or maintain fire’s natural role. The Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL), in the Jemez...
Author(s): Joshua L. Conver, Donald A. Falk, Stephen R. Yool, Robert R. Parmenter
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A newer generation of models that interactively couple the atmosphere with fire behavior have shown an increased potential to understand and predict complex, rapidly changing fire behavior. This is possible if they capture intricate, time-varying microscale airflows in mountainous terrain and fire-atmosphere feedbacks. However, this...
Author(s): Janice L. Coen
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

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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).