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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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Atmospheric forcing and interactions between the fire and atmosphere are primary drivers of wildland fire behavior. The atmosphere is known to be a chaotic system that, although deterministic, is very sensitive to small perturbations to initial conditions. We assume that as a result of the tight coupling between fire and atmosphere...
Author(s): Alexandra K. Jonko, Kara M. Yedinak, Juliana L. Conley, Rodman Linn
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lightning‐caused wildfires are a significant contributor to burned areas, with lightning ignitions remaining one of the most unpredictable aspects of the fire environment. There is a clear connection between fuel moisture and the probability of ignition; however, the mechanisms are poorly understood and predictive methods are...
Author(s): Ruth Coughlan, Francesca Di Giuseppe, Claudia Vitolo, Christopher Barnard, Philippe Lopez, Matthias Drusch
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Forests store significant quantities of carbon, and accurate quantification of the fate of this carbon after fire is necessary for global carbon accounting. Pyrogenic carbon (PyC) encompasses various carbonaceous products of incomplete combustion formed during fires and has potential to act as a carbon sink for up to millennia, but...
Author(s): Alexandra Howell, Mario Bretfeld, Erica Belmont
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
After fire, bark beetles pose a significant threat to trees. Resin duct characteristics in trees can increase resistance to bark beetles. However, little is known about how intra- and interspecific variations in resin ducts due to tree characteristics, fire-caused tree injury and life history traits contribute to resistance. In fall...
Author(s): Teresa Valor, Sharon M. Hood, Míriam Piqué, Asier Larrañaga, Pere Casals
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Emissions from a stand replacement prescribed burn were sampled using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS, or 'drone') in Fishlake National Forest, Utah, U.S.A. Sixteen flights over three days in June 2019 provided emission factors for a broad range of compounds including carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), nitric oxide (NO),...
Author(s): Johanna Aurell, Brian K. Gullett, Amara L. Holder, F. Kiros, William Mitchell, Adam C. Watts, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: Proximity of landcover elements to each other will enable or constrain fire spread. Assessments of potential fire propagation across landscapes typically involve empirical or simulation models that estimate probabilities based on complex interactions among biotic and abiotic controls. Objectives: We developed a metric of...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Beverly, Neal McLoughlin, Elizabeth Chapman
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel reduction projects are designed to reduce wildfire hazard, but goals can also include ecological restoration, wildlife habitat enhancement, and forest health improvement. In the U.S. northern Rocky Mountains, ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests cover over eight million hectares (≈20 million acres). Before European settlement,...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Duncan C. Lutes, Christopher R. Keyes, Anna Sala
Year Published: 2021
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
Climate change is causing increased wildfire activity across the western US and creating post-fire conditions that are warmer and drier than they were in the past. Scientists and managers are concerned with the potential for post-fire tree recruitment failures in dry mixed-conifer forests. Tree seedlings are more sensitive to...
Author(s): Kimberley T. Davis, Lacey Hankin
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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

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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).