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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, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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After a more than a century of fighting to keep fire out of forests, reintroducing it is now an important management goal. Yet changes over the past century have left prescribed burning with a big job to do. Development, wildfire suppression, rising global temperatures, extended droughts, exotic species invasions, and longer fire...
Author(s): Sylvia Kantor, Becky K. Kerns, Michelle A. Day
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
PROPAGATOR is a stochastic cellular automaton model for forest fire spread simulation, conceived as a rapid method for fire risk assessment. The model uses high-resolution information such as topography and vegetation cover considering different types of vegetation. Input parameters are wind speed and direction and the ignition...
Author(s): Andrea Trucchia, Mirko D'Andrea, Francesco Baghino, Paolo Fiorucci, Luca Ferraris, Dario Negro, Andrea Gollini, Massimiliano Severino
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forest fires are common large-scale environmental disasters with annual death toll and damages on the scale of tens of billions of dollars. They leave scars visible from space. In the context of climate change, forest fire severity is predicted to increase. Not only forest fires release significant amounts of carbon dioxide and ash...
Author(s): W. Zhang, E. Zussman, A. L. Yarin
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Land treatments in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas are highly visible and subject to public scrutiny and possible opposition. This study examines a contested vegetation treatment-Forsythe II-in a WUI area of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. An initial phase of the research found vocal opposition to Forsythe II...
Author(s): Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Jody L. Jahn, Eric A. Vance, Juan Ahumada
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fine particulate matter emissions (PM2.5) from landscape biomass fires, both prescribed and wild, pose a significant public health risk, with smoke exposure seasonally impacting human populations through both highly concentrated local plumes, and more dispersed regional haze. A range of technologies now exist for mapping and...
Author(s): Grant J. Williamson, Christopher Lucani
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With the past century of fire suppression in ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) forests, there has been an accumulation of surface fuels, causing decreases in understory vegetation and increasing high severity fire risk. However, fire size and location can make it costly and unsafe to obtain ground measurements of understory...
Author(s): Eva K. Strand, Jessie M. Dodge
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The long-term effectiveness of dry-forest fuels treatments (restoration thinning and prescribed burning) depends, in part, on the pace at which trees regenerate and recruit into the overstory. Knowledge of the factors that shape post-treatment regeneration and growth is limited by the short timeframes and simple disturbance...
Author(s): Allison K. Rossman, Jonathan D. Bakker, David W. Peterson, Charles B. Halpern
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study provides much needed insight into the development of resistance to disturbance and growth dynamics of overstory trees in response to restoration-based fuel reduction, and will be useful to scientists and managers attempting to better grasp the relative merits of restoration treatment types. Background and Objectives:...
Author(s): Justin S. Crotteau, Christopher R. Keyes
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We compare the use of post-fire aerial imagery to ground-based assessment for identifying building destruction and damage at the 2012 Colorado Waldo Canyon Fire. We also compare active-fire defensive actions identified via manual and automated post-fire image classification to defensive actions documented from ground-based...
Author(s): Derek McNamara, William E. Mell, Alexander Maranghides
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires can have severe and lasting impacts on the water quality of aquatic ecosystems. However, our understanding of these impacts is founded primarily from studies of small watersheds with well-connected runoff regimes. Despite the predominance of large, low-relief rivers across the fire-prone Boreal forest, it is unclear to...
Author(s): Craig A. Emmerton, Colin A. Cooke, Sarah Hustins, Uldis Silins, Monica B. Emelko, Ted Lewis, Mary K. Kruk, Nadine Taube, Dongnan Zhu, Brian Jackson, Micheal Stone, Jason G. Kerr, John F. Orwin
Year Published: 2020
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).