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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.

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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Wildfires in forest ecosystems produce landscape mosaics that include relatively unaffected areas, termed fire refugia. These patches of persistent forest cover can support fire-sensitive species and the biotic legacies important for post-fire forest recovery, yet little is known about their abundance and distribution within fire...
Author(s): Ryan B. Walker, Jonathan D. Coop, William M. Downing, Meg A. Krawchuk, Sparkle L. Malone, Garrett W. Meigs
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The persistence of wildlife species in fire‐prone ecosystems is under increasing pressure from global change, including alterations in fire regimes caused by climate change. However, unburned islands might act to mitigate negative effects of fire on wildlife populations by providing habitat in which species can survive and...
Author(s): Jasper Steenvoorden, Arjan J. H. Meddens, Anthony Martinez, Lee J. Foster, W. Daniel Kissling
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The extent of the Earth’s surface burned annually by fires is affected by a number of drivers, including but not limited to climate. Other important drivers include the amount and type of vegetation (fuel) available and human impacts, including fire suppression, ignition, and conversion of burnable land to crops. Prior to the...
Author(s): Karen L. Riley, A. Park Williams, Shawn P. Urbanski, David E. Calkin, Karen C. Short, Christopher D. O'Connor
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
More than 70 years of fire suppression by federal land management agencies has interrupted fire regimes in much of the western United States. The result of missed fire cycles is a buildup of both surface and canopy fuels in many forest ecosystems, increasing the risk of severe fire. The frequency and size of fires has increased in...
Author(s): Alisa Keyser, Anthony L. Westerling
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Forest management, especially restoration, is informed by understanding the dominant natural disturbance regime. In many western North American forests, the keystone disturbance is fire, and a plethora of research exists characterizing various fire regime parameters, although often only one or two parameters are...
Author(s): Shawn T. McKinney
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recently, the World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: a Second Notice was issued in response to ongoing and largely unabated environmental degradation due to anthropogenic activities. In the warning, humanity is urged to practice more environmentally sustainable alternatives to business as usual to avoid potentially catastrophic...
Author(s): Sean C. P. Coogan, Francois-Nicolas Robinne, Piyush Jain, Michael D. Flannigan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Vegetation fires are an important process in the Earth system. Fire intensity locally impacts fuel consumption, damage to the vegetation, chemical composition of fire emissions and also how fires spread across landscapes. It has been observed that fire occurrence, defined as the frequency of active fires detected by the MODIS sensor...
Author(s): Pierre Laurent, Florent Mouillot, María Vanesa Moreno, Chao Yue, Philippe Ciais
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire refugia are landscape elements that remain unburned or minimally affected by fire, thereby supporting postfire ecosystem function, biodiversity, and resilience to disturbances. Although fire refugia have been studied across continents, scales, and affected taxa, they have not been characterized systematically over space and...
Author(s): Arjan J. H. Meddens, Crystal A. Kolden, James A. Lutz, Alistair M. S. Smith, C. Alina Cansler, John T. Abatzoglou, Garrett W. Meigs, William M. Downing, Meg A. Krawchuk
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Interpretations of post-fire condition and rates of vegetation recovery can influence management priorities, actions and perception of latent risks from landslides and floods. In this study, we used the Waldo Canyon fire (2012, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA) as a case study to explore how a time series (2011–2016) of high-...
Author(s): Melanie K. Vanderhoof, Clifton Burt, Todd J. Hawbaker
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Shifting disturbance regimes can have cascading effects on many ecosystems processes. This is particularly true when the scale of the disturbance no longer matches the regeneration strategy of the dominant vegetation. In the yellow pine and mixed conifer forests of California, over a century of fire exclusion and the warming climate...
Author(s): Kristen L. Shive, Haiganoush K. Preisler, Kevin R. Welch, Hugh Safford, Ramona J. Butz, Kevin L. O'Hara, Scott L. Stephens
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).