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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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Reinhardt et al. (E. Reinhardt, J. Scott, K. Gray, and R. Keane, Can. J. For. Res. 36: 2803?2814, 2006) questioned the validity of the regression equations for estimating canopy base heights in coniferous forest fuel types developed by Cruz et al. (M.G. Cruz, M.E. Alexander, and R.H. Wakimoto, Int. J. Wildland Fire, 12: 39?50, 2003...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander, Ronald H. Wakimoto
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Remote sensing from space may well become one of the world's most effective, accurate, and efficient ways to assess fire risk and thus manage large landscapes. The technology is evolving quickly, and researchers are busy keeping up. Some major western U.S. landscapes are just now being assessed for integrating remote sensing data...
Author(s): Rachel Clark
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Crown ratio is the proportion of total tree length supporting live foliage. Inventory programs of the US Forest Service generally define crown ratio in terms of compacted or uncompacted measurements. Measurement of compacted crown ratio (CCR) involves envisioning the transfer of lower branches of trees with asymmetric crowns to fill...
Author(s): Chris Toney, Matthew C. Reeves
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire is increasingly used for fuels management and ecosystem restoration. Managers and fuels specialists of the Great Basin are often required to estimate fuel loadings to predict fire behavior, recommend fuel treatments, or restore an area to its natural fire regime. Because of invasive species and woodland encroachment...
Author(s): Andrea Stebleton, Stephen C. Bunting
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Douglas-fir has life history traits that greatly enhance resistance to injury from fire, thereby increasing post-fire survival rates. Tools for predicting the probability of tree mortality following fire are important components of both pre-fire planning and post-fire management efforts. Using data from mixed-severity wildfire in...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Barbara J. Bentz, Ken E. Gibson, Kevin C. Ryan, Gregg DeNitto
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fire managers need better estimates of fuel loading so they can more accurately predict the potential fire behavior and effects of alternative fuel and ecosystem restoration treatments. This report presents a new fuel sampling method, called the photoload sampling technique, to quickly and accurately estimate loadings for six common...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Laura J. Dickinson
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildland fire managers need better estimates of fuel loading so they can accurately predict potential fire behavior and effects of alternative fuel and ecosystem restoration treatments. This report presents the development and evaluation of a new fuel sampling method, called the photoload sampling technique, to quickly and...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Laura J. Dickinson
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Following the extensive 1988 fires in Yellowstone, a mosaic of high-density patches of fallen logs and regenerating lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia Engelm. ex Wats.) saplings developed in the landscape. Such patches could potentially provide browsing refugia for post-fire aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.)...
Author(s): James D. Forester, Dean P. Anderson, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Assessment of crown fire potential requires quantification of canopy fuels. In this study, canopy fuels were measured destructively on plots in five Interior West conifer stands. Observed canopy bulk density, canopy fuel load, and vertical profiles of canopy fuels are compared with those estimated from stand data using several...
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Reinhardt, Joe H. Scott, Kathy L. Gray, Robert E. Keane
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Foliar moisture content (FMC) is a primary factor in the canopy ignition process as surface fire transitions to crown fire. In combination with measured stand data and assumed environmental conditions, reasonable estimates of foliar moisture content are necessary to determine and justify silvicultural targets for canopy fuels...
Author(s): Christopher R. Keyes
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings, Synthesis

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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).