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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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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
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
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
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
Live fuel moisture content (LFMC) influences fire activity at landscape scale and fire behaviour in laboratory experiments. However, field evidence linking LFMC to fire behaviour are very limited, despite numerous field experiments. In this study, we reanalyse a shrubland fire dataset with a special focus on LFMC to investigate this...
Author(s): F. Pimont, Julien Ruffault, Nicolas K. Martin-StPaul, Jean-Luc Dupuy
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
The increasing concern regarding fire in the wildland–urban interface (WUI) around the world highlights the need to better understand the flammability of WUI fuels. Research on plant flammability is rapidly increasing but commonly only considers a single fuel scale. In some cases, however, different fuel scales (e.g. leaf and litter...
Author(s): Anne Ganteaume
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Vegetation flammability remains poorly defined and involves many intercorrelated components and metrics. Schwilk (2015) proposed a flammability framework with only two axes: total heat release and rate of spread. Pausas et al. (2017) modified this framework by standardizing the heat release axis by fuel load, and adding a third axis...
Author(s): Lynda D. Prior, Brett P. Murphy, David M. J. S. Bowman
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis Hook.) woodlands are replacing low elevation (< 2100 m) quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) stands in the northern Great Basin. Restoring aspen woodlands is important because they provide wildlife habitat for many species and contain a high diversity of understory shrubs and...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Bates, Kirk W. Davies
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The most direct way of deciphering the dynamics of an ecosystem is to examine its biotic and abiotic components based on analysis of living and dead organisms distributed above ground. The surface analysis method presented here provides a centennial to millennial stand-scale composition and disturbance history and is applicable in...
Author(s): Vanessa Pilon, Serge Payette, Pierre-Luc Couillard, Jason Laflamme
Year Published: 2018
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).