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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 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).

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Accurately modeling the duration and extent of soil heating from prescribed fires and wildfires is vital to predicting many second-order fire effects, including development of soil hydrophobicity and other biological, chemical, and physical effects. Advancements have been made in the process-based soil heating models that consider...
Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud, William J. Massman, Anthony S. Bova, Antonio Girona-García, Mathew Lesiecki
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The smoldering combustion of natural organic layers such as peatlands leads to the largest and most persistent wildland fires on the Earth. The atmospheric oxygen concentration (mass fraction of oxygen: ) significantly influences the smoldering characteristics of peatlands. This work investigates the effects of on horizontal peat...
Author(s): Jiuling Yang, Naian Liu, Haixiang Chen, Wei Gao, Ran Tu
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Coarse woody debris (CWD) is an essential component of forest ecosystems that provides habitat for diverse species, functions in water and nutrient cycling, and can be a potential surface fuel in wildfires. CWD detection and mapping would enhance forestry and wildlife research and management but passive remote sensing technologies...
Author(s): Michael J. Joyce, John D. Erb, Barry A. Sampson, Ron A. Moen
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel loads in real-world fire scenarios often feature discrete elements, discontinuities, or inhomogeneities; however, most models for flame spread only assume a continuous, homogeneous fuel. Because discrete fuels represent a realistic scenario not yet well-modeled, it is of interest to find simple methods to model fire growth...
Author(s): Jiang Lin, Zhao Zhao, Wei Tang, Colin H. Miller, Jin-Hua Sun, Michael J. Gollner
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent prolonged droughts and catastrophic wildfires in the western United States have raised concerns about the potential for forest mortality to impact forest structure, forest ecosystem services, and the economic vitality of communities in the coming decades. We used the Community Land Model (CLM) to determine forest...
Author(s): Polly C. Buotte, Samuel Levis, Beverly E. Law, Tara W. Hudiburg, David E. Rupp, Jeffrey J. Kent
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Key message: We describe a modeling system that enables detailed, 3D fire simulations in forest fuels. Using data from three sites, we analyze thinning fuel treatments on fire behavior and fire effects and compare outputs with a more commonly used model. Context: Thinning is considered useful in altering fire behavior, reducing fire...
Author(s): Russell A. Parsons, F. Pimont, Lucas Wells, Greg M. Cohn, William Matt Jolly, Francois P. deColigny, Eric Rigolot, Jean-Luc Dupuy, William E. Mell, Rodman Linn
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A 3-D mathematical model of fuel bed (FB) ignition initiated by glowing firebrands originating during wildland fires is proposed. In order to test and verify the model, a series of experiments was conducted to determine the FB ignition time by a single pine bark and twig firebrand (Pinus sylvestris). Irrespective of the pine bark...
Author(s): O. V. Matvienko, Denis P. Kasymov, Alexander I. Filkov, O. I. Daneyko, D. A. Gorbatov
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large wildfires (>40 ha) account for the majority of burned area across the contiguous United States (US) and appropriate substantial suppression resources. A variety of environmental and social factors influence wildfire growth and whether a fire overcomes initial attack efforts and becomes a large wildfire. However, little is...
Author(s): John T. Abatzoglou, Jennifer Balch, Bethany A. Bradley, Crystal A. Kolden
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Reburn Project was motivated by a need to better understand wildfires as fuel reduction treatments and to assess the impacts of decades of wildland fire suppression activities on forested landscapes. Our study examined three areas, located in the inland Pacific Northwest, central Idaho and interior British Columbia. Each area...
Author(s): Susan J. Prichard, Paul F. Hessburg, Robert W. Gray, Nicholas A. Povak, R. Brion Salter, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Reburn Project was motivated by a need to better understand wildfires as fuel reduction treatments and to assess the impacts of decades of wildland fire suppression activities on forested landscapes. Our study examined three areas, located in the inland Pacific Northwest, central Idaho and interior British Columbia. Each area...
Author(s): Susan J. Prichard, Paul F. Hessburg, Robert W. Gray, Nicholas A. Povak, R. Brion Salter, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).