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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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The degree of accuracy in model predictions of rate of spread in wildland fires is dependent on the model's applicability to a given situation, the validity of the model's relationships, and the reliability of the model input data. On the basis of a compilation of 49 fire spread model evaluation datasets involving 1278 observations...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Models of fire behavior and effects do not always make accurate predictions, and there is not enough systematically gathered data to validate them. To help advance fire behavior and fire effects model development, the Joint Fire Science Program is helping fund the RxCADRE, which is made up of scientists from the U.S. Forest Service...
Author(s): Gail Wells
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Two evaluations were undertaken of the regression equations developed by M. Cruz, M. Alexander and R. Wakimoto (2003, International Journal of Wildland Fire 12, 39-50) for estimating canopy fuel stratum characteristics from stand structure variables for four broad coniferous forest fuel types found in western North America. The...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper reports results from a study of the flame characteristics of 22 wind-aided pine litter fires in a laboratory wind tunnel and 32 field fires in southern rough and litter–grass fuels. Flame characteristic and fire behaviour data from these fires, simple theoretical flame models and regression techniques are used to...
Author(s): Ralph M. Nelson, Bret W. Butler, David R. Weise
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Place-based data is required in wildfire analyses, particularly in regions of diverse terrain that foster not only strong gradients in meteorological variables, but also complex fire behaviour. However, a majority of downscaling methods are inappropriate for wildfire application due to the lack of daily timescales and variables such...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Timothy J. Brown
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The present study is aimed at quantifying the flame radiosity vertical profile and gas temperature in moderate to high intensity spreading fires in shrubland fuels. We report on the results from 11 experimental fires conducted over a range of fire rate of spread and frontal fire intensity varying respectively between 0.04–0.35 m s1...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Bret W. Butler, Domingos Xavier Viegas, Pedro Palheiro
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Data collected in the International Crown Fire modeling Experiment during 1999 are evaluated to characterize the magnitude and duration of convective energy heating in full scale crown fires. To accomplish this objective data on total and radiant incident heat flux, air temperature, and horizontal and vertical gas velocities were...
Author(s): Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Experiments were conducted wherein wood shavings and Ponderosa pine needles in quiescent air were subjected to a steady radiation heat flux from a planar ceramic burner. The internal temperature of these particles was measured using fine diameter (0.076 mm diameter) type K thermocouples. A narrow angle radiometer was used to...
Author(s): David Frankman, Brent W. Webb, Bret W. Butler, Donald J. Latham
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A system consisting of two enclosures has been developed to characterize wildand fire behavior: The first enclosure is a sensor/data logger combination that measures and records convective/radiant energy released by the fire. The second is a digital video camera housed in a fire proof enclosure that records visual images of fire...
Author(s): Bret W. Butler, Daniel M. Jimenez, Jason M. Forthofer, Paul Sopko, Kyle S. Shannon, James J. Reardon
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Th e Rx-CADRE project was the combination of local and national fire expertise in the field of core fire research. The project brought together approximately 30 fire scientists from six geographic regions and seven diff erent agencies. Th e project objectives were to demonstrate the capacity for collaborative research by bringing...
Author(s): Daniel M. Jimenez, J. Kevin Hiers, Roger D. Ottmar, Matthew B. Dickinson, Robert L. Kremens, Joseph J. O'Brien, Andrew T. Hudak, C. Clements
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings

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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).