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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 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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As forest fire activity increases worldwide, it is important to track changing patterns of burn severity (i.e., degree of fire‐caused ecological change). Satellite data provide critical information across space and time, yet how satellite indices relate to individual measures of burn severity on the ground (e.g., tree mortality or...
Author(s): Brian J. Harvey, Robert A. Andrus, Sean C. Anderson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Soil heating resulting from prescribed burning in the southern US has potential immediate and long-term impacts. Where fire is being restored to long-unburned sites, the duration and depth of soil heating may be substantial, affecting seed banks, soil carbon cycling, and root and rhizosphere systems with often severe repercussions...
Author(s): Leda N. Kobziar, J. Morgan Varner, Jesse K. Kreye, Michael G. Andreu, David R. Godwin
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Mill Fire, which burned in north-western California during the summer of 2012, provided a unique research opportunity when firefighters implemented a backfiring operation to limit wildfire growth. This backfire was ignited and burned through research plots from a long-term study designed to determine the effects of tree density...
Author(s): Jainwei Zhang, Kaelyn A. Finley, Eric E. Knapp
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
Background Fuel treatments are widely used to alter fuels in forested ecosystems to mitigate wildfire behavior and effects. However, few studies have examined long-term ecological effects of interacting fuel treatments (commercial harvests, pre-commercial thinnings, pile and burning, and prescribed fire) and wildfire. Using annually...
Author(s): Jessie M. Dodge, Eva K. Strand, Andrew T. Hudak, Benjamin C. Bright, Darcy H. Hammond, Beth A. Newingham
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Downed coarse woody debris, also known as coarse woody detritus or downed dead wood, is challenging to estimate for many reasons, including irregular shapes, multiple stages of decay, and the difficulty of identifying species. In addition, some properties are commonly not measured, such as wood density and carbon concentration. As a...
Author(s): John L. Campbell, Mark B. Green, Ruth D. Yanai, Christopher W. Woodall, Shawn Fraver, Mark E. Harmon, Mark A. Hatfield, Charles J. Barnett, Craig R. See, Grant M. Domke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Mastication is becoming a popular wildland fuel treatment in the United States but little is known about how masticated fuels dry over time, especially as these atypical fuelbeds age. This report summarises measured drying rates of different-aged masticated fuelbeds built from material collected from sites that were treated using...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Lisa M. Holsinger, Helen Y. Smith, Pamela G. Sikkink
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Biomass burning is a major source of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) with impacts on health, climate, and air quality. The particles and vapors within biomass burning plumes undergo chemical and physical aging as they are transported downwind. Field measurements of the evolution of PM with plume age range from net decreases to...
Author(s): Anna L. Hodshire, Ali Akherati, Matthew J. Alvarado, Benjamin Brown-Steiner, Shantanu H. Jathar, Jose L. Jimenez, Sonia M. Kreidenweis, Chantelle R. Lonsdale, Timothy B. Onasch, Amber M. Ortega, Jeffrey R. Pierce
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
US public land management agencies are faced with multiple, often conflicting objectives to meet management targets and produce a wide range of ecosystem services expected from public lands. One example is managing the growing wildfire risk to human and ecological values while meeting programmatic harvest targets for economic...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Rachel M. Houtman, Michelle A. Day, Chris Ringo, Palaiologos Palaiologou
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).