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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.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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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
Often a prescribed burn requires time sensitive, logistical, and safety precautions that would make it challenging for a non-fire qualified person to observe and ask questions while it is taking place. The Lubrecht field trip, though requiring the same precautions listed above, was unique in that it was set up for the purpose of...
Author(s): Monique D. Wynecoop
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
In subalpine forests of the western United States that historically experienced infrequent, high‐severity fire, whether fire management can shape 21st‐century fire regimes and forest dynamics to meet natural resource objectives is not known. Managed wildfire use (i.e., allowing lightning‐ignited fires to burn when risk is low...
Author(s): Winslow D. Hansen, Diane Abendroth, Werner Rammer, Rupert Seidl, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuels reduction treatments are common in ponderosa pine ecosystems of the interior western United States, but the long-term effects on many key ecosystem attributes remain poorly understood, including: tree growth and mortality; forest fuel loads; understory vegetation diversity and composition; production and distribution of...
Author(s): Christopher R. Keyes, Sharon M. Hood, Anna Sala, Duncan C. Lutes
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Predicting the efficacy of fuel treatments aimed at reducing high severity fire in dry-mixed conifer forests in the western US is a challenging problem that has been addressed in a variety of ways using both field observations and wildfire simulation models. One way to describe the efficacy of fuel treatments is to quantify how...
Author(s): Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Palaiologos Palaiologou
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Surface fuel loadings are some of the most important factors contributing to fire intensity and fire spread. In old-growth forests where fire has been long excluded, surface fuel loadings can be high and can include woody debris ≥100 cm in diameter. We assessed surface fuel loadings in a long-unburned old-growth mixed-...
Author(s): C. Alina Cansler, Mark E. Swanson, Tucker J. Furniss, Andrew J. Larson, James A. Lutz
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In rangeland ecosystems, invasive annual grass replacement of native perennials is associated with higher fire risk. Large bunchgrasses are often seeded to reduce cover of annuals such as Bromus tectorum L. (cheatgrass), but there is limited information about how revegetation reduces fire risk over the long term. We assessed how...
Author(s): Steven O. Link, Randal W. Hill, Sheel Bansal
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) was designed to store and archive wildland fuel characteristics within fuelbeds, defined as the inherent physical characteristics of fuels that contribute to fire behavior and effects. The FCCS represents fuel characteristics in six strata including canopy, shrubs, herbaceous...
Author(s): Susan J. Prichard, Anne Andreu, Roger D. Ottmar, Ellen Eberhardt
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildfire plays an important role in ecosystem dynamics, land management, and global processes. Understanding the dynamics associated with wildfire, such as risks, spatial distribution, and effects is important for developing a clear understanding of its ecological influences. Remote sensing technologies provide a means to study fire...
Author(s): David M. Szpakowski, Jennifer L. Rooker Jensen
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The effectiveness of annual investments in US wildfire management programs has been subject to public criticism. One source of inefficiency may arise from a fragmented budgeting process. In the United States, federal budgets for wildfire management operations are not determined simultaneously by a single decision rule but instead...
Author(s): David J. Rossi, Olli-Pekka Kuusela
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).