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Research and Publications Database

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).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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In this project we posed the question “Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?” We focused on homeowner wildfire risk mitigation, community heterogeneity, and fire adaptedness. One of the unique aspects of this project was that the team was a research and practice collaboration. This collaboration facilitated...
Author(s): Patricia A. Champ, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, James R. Meldrum, Christopher M. Barth, Travis Warziniack
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Determining the degree of risk that wildfires pose to homes, where across the landscape the risk originates, and who can best mitigate risk are integral elements of effective co-management of wildfire risk. Developing assessments and tools to help provide this information is a high priority for federal land management agencies such...
Author(s): Joe H. Scott, Matthew P. Thompson, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ongoing challenges to understanding how hazard exposure and disaster experiences influence perceived risk lead us to ask: Is seeing believing? We approach risk perception by attending to two components of overall risk perception: perceived probability of an event occurring and perceived consequences if an event occurs. Using a two-...
Author(s): Patricia A. Champ, Hannah Brenkert-Smith
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research across a variety of risk domains finds that the risk perceptions of professionals and the public differ. Such risk perception gaps occur if professionals and the public understand individual risk factors differently or if they aggregate risk factors into overall risk differently. The nature of such divergences, whether...
Author(s): James R. Meldrum, Patricia A. Champ, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Travis Warziniack, Christopher M. Barth, Lilia C. Falk
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We describe recent advances in biophysical and social aspects of risk and their potential combined contribution to improve mitigation planning on fire-prone landscapes. The methods and tools provide an improved method for defining the spatial extent of wildfire risk to communities compared to current planning processes. They also...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Jeffrey D. Kline, A. Paige Fischer
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Social interactions are widely recognized as a potential influence on risk-related behaviors. We present a mediation model in which social interactions (classified as formal/informal and generic/fire-specific) are associated with beliefs about wildfire risk and mitigation options, which in turn shape wildfire mitigation behaviors....
Author(s): Patricia A. Champ, Katherine L. Dickinson, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Nicholas Flores
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent fire seasons in the western United States are some of the most damaging and costly on record. Wildfires in the wildland-urban interface on the Colorado Front Range, resulting in thousands of homes burned and civilian fatalities, although devastating, are not without historical reference. These fires are consistent with the...
Author(s): David E. Calkin, Jack D. Cohen, Mark A. Finney, Matthew P. Thompson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ongoing human development into fire-prone areas contributes to increasing wildfire risk to human life. It is critically important, therefore, to have the ability to characterize wildfire risk to populated places, and to identify geographic areas with relatively high risk. A fundamental component of wildfire risk analysis is...
Author(s): Jessica R. Haas, David E. Calkin, Matthew P. Thompson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study used a wildfire loss simulation model to evaluate how different land use policies are likely to influence wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface (WUI) for Flathead County, Montana. The model accounts for the complex socio-ecological interactions among climate change, economic growth, land use change and policy,...
Author(s): Travis B. Paveglio, Tony Prato, Michael Hardy
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We used simulation modeling to analyze wildfire exposure to social and ecological values on a 0.6 million ha national forest in central Oregon, USA. We simulated 50,000 wildfires that replicated recent fire events in the area and generated detailed maps of burn probability (BP) and fire intensity distributions. We also recorded the...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Nicole M. Vaillant, Mark A. Finney, Haiganoush K. Preisler
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).