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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 4,700 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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Changes in the extent of absolute, all-time, daily temperature records across the contiguous United States were examined using observations and climate model simulations. Observations from station data and reanalysis from 1980 to 2013 show increased extent of absolute highest temperature records and decreased extent of absolute...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Renaud Barbero
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Very large wildfires can cause significant economic and environmental damage, including destruction of homes, adverse air quality, firefighting costs and even loss of life. We examine how climate is associated with very large wildland fires (VLWFs > or =50,000 acres, or ~20,234 ha) in the western contiguous USA. We used composite...
Author(s): E. Natasha Stavros, John T. Abatzoglou, Narasimhan K. Larkin, Donald McKenzie, E. Ashley Steel
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mega-fires can adversely impact air quality in the United States and the impacts are likely to become more serious in the future due to the possibility of more frequent and intense mega-fires in response to the projected climate change. This study investigated U.S. mega-fires and fuel conditions and their environmental impacts under...
Author(s): Yongqiang Liu, Scott L. Goodrick, John A. Stanturf, Hanqin Tian
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This paper provides a formal mathematical representation of a wildfire simulation, reviews the most common scoring methods using this formalism, and proposes new methods that are explicitly designed to evaluate a forest fire simulation from ignition to extinction. These scoring or agreement methods are tested with synthetic cases in...
Author(s): Jean-Baptiste Filippi, Vivien Mallet, Bahaa Nader
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Observed changes in climate of the U.S. Pacific Northwest since the early twentieth century were examined using four different datasets. Annual mean temperature increased by approximately 0.6°–0.8°C from 1901 to 2012, with corroborating indicators including a lengthened freeze-free season, increased temperature of the coldest night...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, David E. Rupp, Philip W. Mote
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Johnstone and Mantua (1) claim that changes in atmospheric circulation were the primary cause of the observed warming of sea surface temperature around the northeastern Pacific margins and surface air temperature (SAT) in Northern California, Oregon, and Washington from 1901 to 2012. The results of Johnstone and Mantua’s report...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, David E. Rupp, Philip W. Mote
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel treatments represent a significant component of the wildfire mitigation strategy in the United States. However, the lack of research aimed at quantifying the explicit effectiveness of fuel treatments in reducing wildfire intensity and spread rate limits our ability to make educated decisions about the type and placement of...
Author(s): Eric Mueller, Nick Skowronski, Albert Simeoni, Kenneth L. Clark, Robert L. Kremens, William E. Mell, Michael R. Gallagher, Jan C. Thomas, Alexander I. Filkov, M. El Houssami, John L. Hom, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Evaluation is a crucial component for model credibility and acceptance by researchers and resource managers. The nature and characteristics of free-burning wildland fires pose challenges to acquiring the kind of quality data necessary for adequate fire behavior model evaluation. As a result, in some circles it has led to a research...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander, Miguel G. Cruz
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this second part of a two part exploration of dynamic behavior observed in wildland fires, time scales differentiating convective and radiative heat transfer is further explored. Scaling laws for the two different types of heat transfer considered: Radiation-driven fire spread, and convection-driven fire spread, which can both...
Author(s): Brittany A. Adam, Nelson K. Akafuah, Mark A. Finney, Jason M. Forthofer, Kozo Saito
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Substantial investments in fuel management activities on national forests in the western US are part of a national strategy to reduce human and ecological losses from catastrophic wildfire and create fire resilient landscapes. Prioritizing these investments within and among national forests remains a challenge, partly because a...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Charles W. McHugh, Karen C. Short, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day, Mark A. Finney, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2013
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).