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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 3,600 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).

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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
An understanding of how historical fire and structure in dry forests (ponderosa pine, dry mixed conifer) varied across the western USA remains incomplete. Yet, fire strongly affects ecosystem services, and forest restoration programs are underway. We used General Land Office survey reconstructions from the late-1800s across 11...
Author(s): William L. Baker, Mark A. Williams
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Persistent fire refugia, which are forest stands that have survived multiple fires, play an important ecological role in the resilience of mountainous forest ecosystems following disturbances. The loss of numerous refugia patches to large, high-severity fires in recent years is prompting the need to better understand drivers of fire...
Author(s): Marie-Pierre Rogeau, Quinn E. Barber, Marc-Andre Parisien
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Factors affecting wildland-fire size distribution include weather, fuels, and fire suppression activities. We present a novel application of survival analysis to quantify the effects of these factors on a sample of sizes of lightning-caused fires from Alberta, Canada. Two events were observed for each fire: the size at initial...
Author(s): Piers-Olivier Tremblay, Thierry Duchesne, Steve G. Cumming
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Climate change is expected to result in substantial ecological impacts across the globe. These impacts are uncertain but there is strong consensus that they will almost certainly affect fire regimes and vegetation. In this study, we evaluated how climate change may influence fire frequency, fire severity, and broad classes of vegetation...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Carol Miller, Marc-Andre Parisien
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest managers across the Canadian boreal require detailed fire pattern information to support disturbance-based management. However, there are no consistent classifications of post-fire patterns, and those that exist rely on field-data that is both expensive and lacking in spatial representation. As a result, across the managed...
Author(s): Ignacio San-Miguel, David W. Andison, Nicholas C. Coops
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context The proportion of fire area that experienced stand-replacing fire effects is an important attribute of individual fires and fire regimes in forests, and this metric has been used to group forest types into characteristic fire regimes. However, relying on proportion alone ignores important spatial characteristics of stand-...
Author(s): Brandon M. Collins, Jens T. Stevens, Jay D. Miller, Scott L. Stephens, Peter M. Brown, Malcolm P. North
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We characterized wildfire transmission and exposure within a matrix of large land tenures (federal, state, and private) surrounding 56 communities within a 3.3 million ha fire prone region of central Oregon US. Wildfire simulation and network analysis were used to quantify the exchange of fire among land tenures and communities and...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Cody Evers, Michelle A. Day, Haiganoush K. Preisler, Ana M. G. Barros, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a key disturbance agent in forests worldwide, but recent large and costly fires have raised urgent questions about how different current fire regimes are from those of the past. Dendroecological reconstructions of historical fire frequency, severity, spatial variability, and extent, corroborated by other lines of...
Author(s): Lori D. Daniels, Larissa L. Yocom Kent, Rosemary L. Sherriff, Emily K. Heyerdahl
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires shape the distribution and structure of vegetation across the inland northwestern United States. However, fire activity is expected to increase given the current rate of climate change, with uncertain outcomes. A fire impact that has not been widely addressed is the development of unburned islands; areas within the fire...
Author(s): Arjan J. H. Meddens, Crystal A. Kolden, James A. Lutz
Year Published: 2016
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).