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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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Over the last decades, the different issues regarding the expansion of the wildland-urban interface (WUI) - particularly those related to fires - have spread around the world with particular exposure in the USA, Canada, Australia, and, more recently, in southern European countries (e.g. Portugal and Greece). It has been receiving...
Author(s): A. Bento-Gonçalves, A. Vieira
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Regulation of building standards and residential development practices in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is increasingly advocated as a possible avenue for wildfire risk reduction. However, many documented instances of successful wildfire adaptation occur in incorporated communities with local governments or formalized...
Author(s): Catrin Edgeley, Travis B. Paveglio, Daniel R. Williams
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire management professionals across multiple countries advocate evacuation as the safest action residents can take when threatened by a wildfire. However, existing research notes that while some residents may opt to evacuate to a safer place, others may choose alternatives to evacuation, including staying and actively defending...
Author(s): Catrin Edgeley, Travis B. Paveglio
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
While prescribed burning is a proven tool in the management of forests and grasslands, its use has been limited due, in part, to potential risks that may result in legal liability, property damage, and personal injury. The purpose of this study is to understand the factors that shape landowners' and fire professionals' perceptions...
Author(s): Omkar Joshi, Neelam C. Poudyal, John R. Weir, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, Thomas O. Ochuodho
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire disasters are one of the many consequences of increasing wildfire activities globally, and much effort has been made to identify strategies and actions for reducing human vulnerability to wildfire. While many individual homeowners and communities have enacted such strategies, the number subjected to a subsequent wildfire is...
Author(s): Crystal A. Kolden, Carol Henson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
South-eastern France is strongly affected by wildfires mostly occurring in the wildland–urban interfaces (WUIs). A WUI fire is often initiated in dead surface fuel, then can propagate to shrubs and trees when the lower canopy is close to (or touches) the ground. Whereas a previous study assessed the fire propagation from the fuel...
Author(s): L. Terrei, Aymeric Lamorlette, Anne Ganteaume
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article analyses homeowners’ decisions to undertake fire-safe investments and create defensible space on their property using a unique dataset from 35 wildland–urban interface communities in Nevada. The dataset combines homeowner information from a mail survey with their observed fire-safe investments obtained through parcel-...
Author(s): Angelo M. Sisante, Michael H. Taylor, Kimberly Rollins
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire science emphasizes that mitigation actions on residential property, including structural hardening and maintaining defensible space, can reduce the risk of wildfire at a home. Accordingly, a rich body of social science literature investigates the determinants of wildfire risk mitigation behaviors of residents living in fire-...
Author(s): James R. Meldrum, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Patricia A. Champ, Jamie Gomez, Lilia C. Falk, Christopher M. Barth
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Residents in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can play an important role in reducing wildfire’s negative effects by performing wildfire risk mitigation on their property. This report offers insight into the wildfire risk mitigation activities and related considerations, such as attitudes, experiences, and concern about wildfire,...
Author(s): James R. Meldrum, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Pamela Wilson, Patricia A. Champ, Christopher M. Barth, Angela Boag
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In this report we provide a framework for assessing cross-boundary wildfire exposure and a case study application in the western U.S. The case study provides detailed mapping and tabular decision support materials for prioritizing fuel management investments aimed at reducing wildfire exposure to communities located proximal to...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Palaiologos Palaiologou, Rachel M. Houtman, Chris Ringo, Cody Evers
Year Published: 2019
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).