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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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Wildfire simulators and decision support systems can assist the incident command teams in charge of tactical wildfire suppression. This paper presents a web-based wildfire simulator developed to provide real-time support for wildfire management. The paper describes the overall software architecture, the modelling chain...
Author(s): Bachisio Arca, Tiziano Ghisu, Marcello Casula, Michele Salis, Pierpaolo Duce
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Decision makers need better methods for identifying critical ecosystem vulnerabilities to changing climate and fire regimes. Climate-wildfire-vegetation interactions are complex and hinder classification and projection necessary for development of management strategies. One such vulnerability assessment (VA) is FireCLIME VA, which...
Author(s): Megan Friggens, Rachel A. Loehman, Andrea E. Thode, William T. Flatley, A. Evans, C. Wilcox, S. Mueller, Larissa L. Yocom, Donald A. Falk
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
One approach to increase community resilience to wildfire impacts is the enhancement of residential construction standards in an effort to provide protective shelters for families within their own homes. Current wildfire models reviewed in this study assume fire growth is unrestricted by vegetation fuel bed geometry; the head fire...
Author(s): Greg Penney, Steven Richardson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The devastating effects of wildfires cannot be overlooked; these include massive resettlement of people, destruction of property and loss of lives. The considerable distances over which wild fires spread and the rates at which these fires can spread is a major concern as this places considerable challenges on the evacuation...
Author(s): Nitish Chooramun, Peter J. Lawrence, Edwin R. Galea
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One of the first significant developments in wildfire modeling research was to introduce heat flux as wildfire line intensity (kW·m–1). This idea could be adapted to using weather station measurements, topography, and fuel properties to estimate rate of fire spread, shape, and intensity. This review will present, in an accessible...
Author(s): A. Bakhshaii, E. A. Johnson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire simulators allow predicting fire spread and behavior and some of which in real-time. Both strategies and tactics to suppress wildland fires depend on fire analysis which is generally based on fire simulations that need to be accurate for a proper decision making. However, limitations and assumptions of the fire models and...
Author(s): Adrián Cardil, Santiago Monedero, C. A. Silva, Joaquin Ramírez
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An open source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver has been incorporated into the WindNinja modeling framework widely used by wildland fire managers as well as researchers and practitioners in other fields, such as wind energy, wind erosion, and search and rescue. Here we describe incorporation of the CFD solver and evaluate...
Author(s): Natalie S. Wagenbrenner, Jason M. Forthofer, Wesley G. Page, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Identifying the links between fire danger metrics and fire activity is critical in various operational and research fields. A common methodology consists in analysing the relationship between cumulative burnt areas and fire danger metrics. Building on this approach, it has been proposed that fuel moisture content (FMC) drives fire...
Author(s): F. Pimont, Julien Ruffault, Nicolas K. Martin-StPaul, Jean-Luc Dupuy
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
One of the crucial input variables in fire danger rating systems is the water content of the soil, as well as of the living and dead fuels. This study concentrates on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) and the Drought Code (DC), which are both used to estimate the soil moisture deficit (SMD) and are inherent parts of well-...
Author(s): Melanie Häusler, João Pedro Nunes, João M. N. Silva, Jan J. Keizer, Thorsten Warneke, Jose M. C. Pereira
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire regimes are now recognized as the product of social processes whereby fire on any landscape is the product of human-generated drivers: climate change, historical patterns of vegetation manipulation, invasive species, active fire suppression, ongoing fuel management efforts, prescribed burning, and accidental ignitions. We...
Author(s): Robert M. Scheller, Alec Kretchun, Todd J. Hawbaker, Paul D. Henne
Year Published: 2019
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).