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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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Paleofire studies frequently discount the impact of human activities in past fire regimes. Globally, we know that a common pattern of anthropogenic burning regimes is to burn many small patches at high frequency, thereby generating landscape heterogeneity. Is this type of anthropogenic pyrodiversity necessarily obscured in paleofire...
Author(s): Christopher I. Roos, Grant J. Williamson, David M. J. S. Bowman
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
Fire radiative energy density (FRED, J m−2) integrated from fire radiative power density (FRPD, W m−2) observations of landscape-level fires can present an undersampling problem when collected from fixed-wing aircraft. In the present study, the aircraft made multiple passes over the fire at ~3 min intervals, thus failing to observe...
Author(s): C. Klauberg, Andrew T. Hudak, Benjamin C. Bright, Luigi Boschetti, Matthew B. Dickinson, Robert L. Kremens, C. A. Silva
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The most destructive wildland fires occur in mixtures of living and dead vegetation, yet very little attention has been given to the fundamental differences between factors that control their flammability. Historically, moisture content has been used to evaluate the relative flammability of live and dead fuels without considering...
Author(s): William Matt Jolly, Daniel M. Johnson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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