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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).

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The National Fire Danger Rating System and the Fire Behavior Prediction System were tested on prescribed fires burning uderneath canopies in six fuel types in Yosemite National Park, California. The mea error for rate of spread was +0.03 .foot per minute for the NFDRS and -0.15foot for the FBPS. For flame length factors for...
Author(s): Jan W. van Wagtendonk, Stephen J. Botti
Year Published: 1984
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Development of equations for predicting fuel bed depth (called "bulk depth" herein) appropriate for modeling fire behavior in slash is described. Bulk depth (y) was correlated with the expected number of 1/4-to 1-inch-diameter particle intercepts per foot of vertical plane transect (x) by regressions of the form y = a\x. Values of "...
Author(s): Frank A. Albini, James K. Brown
Year Published: 1978
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Conventional statistical techniques are used to answer the question, "What is the necessary station density for a fire danger network?" The Burning Index of the National Fire-Danger Rating System is used as an indicator of fire danger. Results are presented as station spacing in tabular form for each of six regions in the western...
Author(s): Rudy M. King, R. William Furman
Year Published: 1976
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Predicted rates of fire spread using a mathematical model were consistently greater but in reasonably close agreement with rates observed on test fires in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir slash. Fuel loading, bulk density, particle density, particle surface-to-volume ratio, heat content, total plant salt content, silica-free salt,...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1972
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In 1961 the National Science Foundation awarded grants to Washington State University and the Northern Forest Fire Laboratory of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station to further a joint study of the mechanisms of fire spread in wildland fuels. The combined efforts of the two research groups encompass theoretical...
Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Changeover from use of the Intermountain Model-8 Burning Index Meter to use of the Spread Index of the National Fire-Danger Rating System required a comparative analysis of both systems. This note describes a program written in SPS to calculate various indexes of both systems on an IBM 1620 computer.
Author(s): Richard J. Barney
Year Published: 1964
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Two tables prepared for use with the National Fire-Danger Rating System replace 10 tables previously used with the Model-8 Fire-Danger Rating System. They provide for the conversion of Spread Index values at various altitudes, aspects, and times of day. A rate of spread table facilitates converting Spread Index values to chains per...
Author(s): Dwight S. Stockstad, Richard J. Barney
Year Published: 1964
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet

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