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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).

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A key determinant of wildfire behaviour is the flammability of constituent plants. One plant trait that influences flammability is the retention of dead biomass, as the low moisture content of dead material means less energy is required to achieve combustion. However, the effect of the dead-to-live ratio of fuel on plant...
Author(s): Jennifer M. Dent, Hannah L. Buckley, Audrey Lustig, Timothy J. Curran
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Three-dimensional point data acquired by Terrestrial Lidar Scanning (TLS) is used as ground observation in comparisons with fire severity indices computed from Landsat satellite multi-temporal images through Google Earth Engine (GEE). Forest fires are measured by the extent and severity of fire. Current methods of assessing fire...
Author(s): Akira Kato, L. Monika Moskal, Jonathan L. Batchelor, David Thau, Andrew T. Hudak
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The increasing use of prescribed fires, as a fire management technique for preventing wildfires and reducing their impact, demands the development of tools that enable performing the necessary studies for determining application opportunities in the territory. The generation of interesting uses of this technique not only directed to...
Author(s): Francisco Rodriguez y Silva
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Prescribed fire is one of the most widely advocated management practices for reducing wildfire hazard and has a long and rich tradition rooted in indigenous and local ecological knowledge. The scientific literature has repeatedly reported that prescribed fire is often the most effective means of achieving such goals by reducing...
Author(s): Crystal A. Kolden
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper describes a methodology using LiDAR point clouds with an ultra-high resolution in the characterization of forest fuels for further wildfire prevention and management. Biomass management strips were defined in three case studies using a particular Spanish framework. The data were acquired through a UAV platform. The...
Author(s): Marta Fernández-Álvarez, Julia Armesto, Juan Picos
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Coarse woody debris (CWD; large parts of dead trees) is a vital element of forest ecosystems, playing an important role in nutrient cycling, carbon storage, fire fuel, microhabitats, and overall forest structure. However, there is a lack of effective tools for identifying and mapping both standing (snags) and downed (logs) CWD in...
Author(s): Gustavo Lopes Queiroz, Gregory J. McDermid, Guillermo Castilla, Julia Linke, Mir Mustafizur Rahman
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fine-fuel moisture is an important variable in the wildland fire environment, but measuring live fuel moisture is time-consuming. There is a strong incentive to develop technologies that provide instantaneous measurements of fine-fuel moisture. Campbell Scientific, Inc. markets a device that uses dielectric permittivity to measure...
Author(s): Devan A. McGranahan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Piling and burning is widely used to dispose of unmerchantable debris resulting from thinning in forests throughout the western United States. Quite often more piles are created than are burned in a given year, however, causing piles to persist, accumulate, and age on the landscape. The effects of burning piles of increasing age has...
Author(s): Clinton S. Wright, Alexander M. Evans, Sara Grove, Karen A. Haubensak
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Key message: The collective analysis of a relatively large number of wildfire observations documented in conifer forests, dry eucalypt forests and temperate shrublands revealed that the forward rate of fire spread is roughly 10% of the average 10-m open wind speed, provided both are expressed in the same units (e.g. km h −1 )....
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel treatments are designed with multiple management goals, including improving suppression capacity and restoring the historical structure of dry forests. Fuelbreaks are a class of fuel treatment that remove fuels within a wide strip of land, with an overarching objective to reduce fire behavior and provide safe access for...
Author(s): Maureen C. Kennedy, Morris C. Johnson, Kendra Fallon, Deborah Mayer
Year Published: 2019
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).