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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 4,000 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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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Height of slash fire smoke columns, commonly thought to be a function of atmospheric conditions alone, through a series of 10-acre experimental fires is shown to be strongly related to fire intensity. By conducting intense fires, land managers can possibly burn forest debris and still maintain air quality when atmospheric conditions...
Author(s): Rodney A. Norum
Year Published: 1974
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
One objective of wilderness and parkland fire ecology research is to describe the relationships between fire and unmanaged ecosystems, so that strategies can be determined that will provide a more nearly natural incidence of fire. More than 50 years of efforts directed toward exclusion of wildland fires in the Northern Rocky...
Author(s): James R. Habeck, Robert W. Mutch
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A sample of 40 fire-scarred trees was used to reconstruct the frequency and size of fires during the past 300-400 years in northern Yellowstone National Park. Best estimates of frequency suggested mean intervals of about 20-25 years between fires, after adjustments had been made for the recent influence of modern man. Agreement in...
Author(s): Douglas B. Houston
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Temperatures in a large natural fuel test fire were measured with bare, shielded aspirated, and shielded unaspirated chromel-alumel thermocouples. With the bare thermocouples, values of 2650 F. were recorded--much higher than most previously published data from field and laboratory wood fires. Soil temperatures were consistent with...
Author(s): Charles W. Philpot
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Our research is focused on understanding the dynamics of fire regimes at relatively broad scales, and our extension work involves applying this information to ecosystem management. Students and staff in the lab work and publish on a wide variety of projects related to fire and are involved in both field and lab analyses, including...
Type: Website : Website
This webinar highlighted results from a study investigating the ability of wildfire to act as a fuel treatment. The study evaluated whether or not wildfires limited the occurrence, size, and severity of subsequent wildfires in four large wilderness complexes in Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico. The study focused on protected areas to...
Type: Media : Webinar
The fires that ravaged Yellowstone National Park in 1988 were large and severe, but they were still within the normal limits of fire patterns in the West. Following those fires 30 years ago, University of Wisconsin–Madison Professor of Integrative Biology, Monica Turner, immediately got to work studying the recovery of the forests...
Type: Media : Video
During the summer of 2013 over 1000 wildfires burned throughout Colorado totaling almost 200,000 acres. One of these, the West Fork Fire Complex, burned through the beetle-killed forests of the Upper Rio Grande and San Juan National Forests in southern Colorado. While other fires in the state drew national attention due to proximity...
Type: Media : Webinar
The Flathead Indian Reservation spreads over 1.3 million acres of western Montana valleys and mountains; over 780,000 acres of these lands are managed as forest resources by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). Tribal Forestry has been, especially since the 1999-2000 Forest Management Plan and Fire...
Type: Media : Webinar
Do large fire “runs” consistently result in high severity fires? What are the trends in proportion burned severely? Do climate, vegetation and topography influence burn severity in the same way that they affect area burned? How do severe fire disturbances influence vegetation response? I draw on recent and ongoing work to address...
Type: Media : Seminar

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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).