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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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The fire plume height (smoke injection height) is an important parameter for calculating the transport and lifetime of smoke particles, which can significantly affect regional and global air quality and atmospheric radiation budget. To develop an observation‐based global fire plume‐rise dataset, a modified one‐dimensional plume‐rise...
Author(s): Ziming Ke, Yuhang Wang, Yufei Zou, Yongjia Song, Yongqiang Liu
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The year 2020 brought unimaginable challenges in public health, with the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires across the western United States. Wildfires produce high levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Recent studies reported that short-term exposure to PM2.5 is associated with increased risk of COVID-19 cases...
Author(s): Xiaodan Zhou, Kevin Josey, Leila Kamareddine, Miah C. Caine, Tianjia Liu, Loretta J. Mickley, Matthew Cooper, Francesca Dominici
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Exceptional events occur when air pollution in a specific location exceeds the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) due to an event that cannot be reasonably attributed to human activities, such as a wildland fire. Ground-level ozone (O3) and particulate matter (PM) are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria...
Author(s): Liji M. David, A. R. Ravishankara, Steven J. Brey, Emily V. Fischer, John Volckens, Sonia M. Kreidenweis
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Changing wildfire regimes are causing rapid shifts in forests worldwide. In particular, forested landscapes that burn repeatedly in relatively quick succession may be at risk of conversion when pre‐fire vegetation cannot recover between fires. Fire refugia (areas that burn less frequently or severely than the surrounding landscape)...
Author(s): William M. Downing, Garrett W. Meigs, Matthew J. Gregory, Meg A. Krawchuk
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Violent fire-driven convection can manifest as towering pyrocumulus (pyroCu) or pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds, which can have devastating impacts on the environment and society. Their associated fire spread is erratic, unpredictable and not generally suppressible. Research into large pyroconvective events has mainly focused on...
Author(s): Rachel Badlan, J. Sharples, Jason P. Evans, Richard H. D. McRae
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Air pollution, particularly fine and ultrafine particulate matter aerosols, underlies a wide range of communicable and non-communicable disease affecting many systems including the cardiopulmonary and immune systems, and arises primarily from transportation and industry. A number of air pollution driven diseases also are Covid19...
Author(s): Ira Leifer, Michael T. Kleinman, Donald R. Blake, David Tratt, Charlotte Marston
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Exposure to wildfire smoke continues to be a growing threat to public health, yet the chemical components in wildfire smoke that primarily drive toxicity and associated disease are largely unknown. This study utilized a suite of computational approaches to identify groups of chemicals induced by variable biomass burn conditions that...
Author(s): Julia E. Rager, Jeliyah Clark, Lauren A. Eaves, Vennela Avula, Nicole M. Niehoff, Yong Ho Kim, Ilona Jaspers, M. Ian Gilmour
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Effective strategies to reduce indoor air pollutant concentrations during wildfire smoke events are critically needed. Worldwide, communities in areas prone to wildfires may suffer from annual smoke exposure events lasting from days to weeks. In addition, there are many areas of the world where high pollution events are common and...
Author(s): Gilliane Davison, Karoline K. Barkjohn, Gayle Hagler, Amara L. Holder, Sarah Coefield, Curtis W. Noonan, Beth Hassett-Sipple
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Airborne fine particulate matter (PM2.5) represents the greatest ambient air pollution risk to health. Wildfires and managed burns, together referred to hereafter as ‘landscape’ fires, are a significant PM2.5 source in many regions worldwide, able to affect air quality in areas far away from the fires themselves. We use 0.125°, 3...
Author(s): Gareth Roberts, Martin J. Wooster
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The public health emergency associated with the 2019–20 bushfires in Australia was a wake-up call to increase the resilience of our health systems to respond to climate extremes. We must combine our understanding of predictions of extreme weather events with our knowledge on emergency preparedness and response to protect the health...
Author(s): Aparna Lal, Mahomed Patel, Arnagretta Hunter, Christine Phillips
Year Published: 2021
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).