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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.

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Environmental models involve inherent uncertainties, the understanding of which is required for use by practitioners. One method of uncertainty quantification is global sensitivity analysis (GSA), which has been extensively used in environmental modeling. The suitability of GSA methods depends on the model, implementation, and...
Author(s): Ujjwal KC, Jagannath Aryal, Saurabh Garg, J. E. Hilton
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire whirls are a particular case of flame behaviour characterized by a rotating column of fire driven by intense convective heating of air close to the ground. They typically result in a substantial increase in burning rate, temperature, and flame height. Fire whirls can occur in any intense flame environment, including urban areas...
Author(s): Maryam Ghodrat, Farshad Shakeriaski, David James Nelson, Albert Simeoni
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate estimation of a wildland fire’s progression is critical for the development of robust fire spread prediction models and their validation. Two methods commonly used to determine spread rate are the cumulative spread rate, calculated as the total distance travelled by a fire divided by the total time of travel, and the...
Author(s): James S. Gould, Andrew L. Sullivan
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The dynamics of wood crib fires were investigated under fire whirl (FW) and free burning (FB) conditions in a small-scale apparatus. For open-packed cribs, the burning rates and fire spread rates of the FB and FW cribs were almost identical. However, as the number of sticks per layer (n) increased from 3 to 7, the burning rate for...
Author(s): Monica T. Diab, Jan B. Haelssig, Michael J. Pegg
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighting requires managers to make decisions in complex decision environments that hold many uncertainties; these decisions need to be adapted dynamically over time as fire behavior evolves. Models used in firefighting decisions should also have the capability to adapt to changing conditions. In this paper, detailed...
Author(s): Erin J. Belval, Yu Wei, Michael Bevers
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The FireFlux II experiment was conducted in a tall grass prairie located in south-east Texas on 30 January 2013 under a regional burn ban and high fire danger conditions. The goal of the experiment was to better understand micrometeorological aspects of fire spread. The experimental design was guided by the use of a coupled fire–...
Author(s): Craig B. Clements, Adam K. Kochanski, Daisuke Seto, Braniff Davis, Christopher Camacho, Neil Lareau, Jonathan Contezac, Joseph C. Restaino, Warren Heilman, Steven K. Krueger, Bret W. Butler, Roger D. Ottmar, Robert E. Vihnanek, James Flynn, Jean-Baptiste Filippi, Toussaint Barboni, Dianne E. Hall, Jan Mandel, Mary Ann Jenkins, Joseph J. O'Brien, Benjamin Hornsby, Casey Teske
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The United States Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program has been monitoring national forest resources in the United States for over 80 years; presented here is a synthesis of research applications for FIA data. A review of over 180 publications that directly utilize FIA data is broken down into broad categories of application...
Author(s): Wade T. Tinkham, Patrick R. Mahoney, Andrew T. Hudak, Grant M. Domke, Michael J. Falkowski, Christopher W. Woodall, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A dimensional analysis was performed to correlate the fuel bed fire rate of spread data previously reported in the literature. Under wind condition, six pertinent dimensionless groups were identified, namely dimensionless fire spread rate, dimensionless fuel particle size, fuel moisture content, dimensionless fuel bed depth or...
Author(s): Jiann C. Yang
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With fuel moisture content and slope, wind velocity (UW) is one of the major physical parameters that most affects the behaviour of wildland fires. The aim of this short paper was to revisit the relationship between the rate of spread (ROS) and the wind velocity, through the role played by the two forces governing the trajectory of...
Author(s): D. Morvan, N. Frangieh
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We present TerraClimate, a dataset of high-spatial resolution (1/24°, ~4-km) monthly climate and climatic water balance for global terrestrial surfaces from 1958–2015. TerraClimate uses climatically aided interpolation, combining high-spatial resolution climatological normals from the WorldClim dataset, with coarser resolution time...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Sean A. Parks, Katherine C. Hegewisch
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).