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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 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.

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The effect of ignition protocol on the development of grassfires is investigated using physics-based simulation. Simulation allows measurement of the forward rate of spread of a fire as a function of time at high temporal resolution. Two ignition protocols are considered: the inward ignition protocol, where the ignition proceeds in...
Author(s): Duncan Sutherland, J. Sharples, K. A. M. Moinuddin
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Daily Fire Weather Index (FWI) System components calculated from the NASA Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 (MERRA-2), are compared to FWI calculations from a global network of weather stations over 2004–2018, and short-term, experimental (8 d) daily FWI forecasts are evaluated for their...
Author(s): Robert Field
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Previous research has demonstrated that remote sensing can provide spectral information related to vegetation moisture variations essential for estimating live fuel moisture content (LFMC), but accuracy and timeliness still present challenges to using this information operationally. Consequently, many regional administrations are...
Author(s): Eva Marino, Marta Yebra, Mariluz Guillén-Climent, Nur Algeet, José Luis Tomé, Javier Madrigal, Mercedes Guijarro, Carmen Hernando
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire-driven flows associated with wind intervention can dangerously threaten buildings in bushfire-prone areas by increasing pressure load on the structures through fire-wind enhancement phenomenon. This phenomenon through which wind is enhanced by interacting with fire is exacerbated when the affected terrain is located in a...
Author(s): Esmaeel Eftekharian, Maria Rashidi, Maryam Ghodrat, Yaping He, Kenny C.S. Kwok
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
PROPAGATOR is a stochastic cellular automaton model for forest fire spread simulation, conceived as a rapid method for fire risk assessment. The model uses high-resolution information such as topography and vegetation cover considering different types of vegetation. Input parameters are wind speed and direction and the ignition...
Author(s): Andrea Trucchia, Mirko D'Andrea, Francesco Baghino, Paolo Fiorucci, Luca Ferraris, Dario Negro, Andrea Gollini, Massimiliano Severino
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire detection is a time-critical application as the difficulty to pinpoint ignition locations in a short time-frame often leads to the escalation of the severity of fire events. This problem has motivated considerable interest from expert systems research to develop accurate early-warning applications and the breakthroughs in...
Author(s): Maria João Sousa, Alexandra Moutinho, Miguel Almeida
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In the United States, many decision support tools exist to provide fire managers with weather and fire behaviour information to inform and facilitate risk-based decision-making. Relatively little is known about how managers use these tools in the field and when and how they may serve to influence decisions. To address this gap, we...
Author(s): Claire Rapp, Emily Rabung, Robyn S. Wilson, Eric L. Toman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The aim of this paper is to create a user-friendly computational tool for analysis of wildland fire behavior and its effect on urban and other structures. A physics-based multiphase Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model of wildfire initiation and spread has been developed and incorporated into the multi-purpose CFD software,...
Author(s): Vladimir Agranat, Valeriy Perminov
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The first few years of the 21st century brought a series of unprecedented natural disturbances to the southwestern U.S. A severe drought, later tagged as a “global change type drought,” triggered the mortality of 1,000 of native trees. For some species, such as the ponderosa pine, the drought was especially lethal due to high tree...
Author(s): Carolyn Hull Sieg, Rodman Linn, F. Pimont, Chad M. Hoffman, Joel D. McMillin, Judith Winterkamp, L. Scott Baggett
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Unforeseen Events and Climate Variability: How do land management decisions shape landscapes decades into the future? With the influence of climate change and its associated stressors, it's an increasingly thorny question. According to Paulette Ford, a research ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Albuquerque, New...
Author(s): Jessica M. Brewen
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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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).