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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,800 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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Spatial variation in vegetation and coarse wood is a major source of forest heterogeneity, yet little is known about how this affects ecosystem processes. In 15-year-old postfire lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia Englem.) stands in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, we investigated how the decomposition rate varies with...
Author(s): Alysa J. Remsburg, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Landscape fragmentation can affect fuel accumulation, increase the spatial variability of fuel loads, and affect the susceptibility of forests to fire. Fragmentation creates a complex environment in which to manage forests in the United States and Puerto Rico and few studies have related the combined effects of fragmentation,...
Author(s): William A. Gould, Grizelle Gonzalez, Andrew T. Hudak
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Stereo photographs, hemispherical photographs, and stand data are presented with associated biomass and canopy fuel characteristics for five Interior West conifer stands. Canopy bulk density, canopy base height, canopy biomass by component, available canopy fuel load, and vertical distribution of canopy fuel are presented for each...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The primary factor in estimating fire danger is fuel moisture. Fuel moisture varies seasonally and should be measured over an entire fire season using remote sensing technologies and verified using ground measurements. Recent advances in spaceborne and airborne imaging systems can potentially significantly improve the ability to...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Rechel, Dar A. Roberts
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This project has three objectives: 1) Classify ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and dry mixed-conifer forests types in Montana and New Mexico into appropriate fuel characteristic classes (FCC's), and display the results by forest type, density, and structural classes, 2) Develop web-based applications by which users can evaluate the...
Author(s): Carl E. Fiedler, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Fuel moisture is one of the major components of fire risk assessment in the western United States. Regional and landscape fuel moisture estimates are currently derived from coarse resolution remotely sensed imagery without ground measurements to validate the estimates. Additionally, these estimates are determined using the...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Rechel, Seth H. Peterson, Dar A. Roberts, Jan W. van Wagtendonk
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
The natural fuels stereo photo series is a collection of geo-referenced data and photographs that display a range of natural conditions, fuel loadings, and other fuelbed characteristics in a wide variety of forest-, woodland-, shrub-, and grass-dominated ecosystem types. The photo series are useful tools for quickly and...
Author(s): Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Land managers need cost-effective methods for mapping and characterizing fire fuels quickly and accurately. The advent of sensors with increased spatial resolution may improve the accuracy and reduce the cost of fuels mapping. The objective of this research is to evaluate the accuracy and utility of imagery from the Advanced...
Author(s): Michael J. Falkowski
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Fire hazard reflects the potential fire behavior and magnitude of effects as a function of fuel conditions. This fact sheet discusses crown fuels, surface fuels, and ground fuels and their contribution and involvement in wildland fire.
Author(s): Kelly O'Brian
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
We compared observed canopy fuel characteristics with those predicted by existing biomass algorithms. We specifically examined the accuracy of the biomass equations developed by Brown (1978. We used destructively sampled data obtained at 5 different study areas. We compared predicted and observed quantities of foliage and crown...
Author(s): Kathy L. Gray, Elizabeth D. Reinhardt
Year Published: 2004
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings

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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).