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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 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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Soil heating resulting from prescribed burning in the southern US has potential immediate and long-term impacts. Where fire is being restored to long-unburned sites, the duration and depth of soil heating may be substantial, affecting seed banks, soil carbon cycling, and root and rhizosphere systems with often severe repercussions...
Author(s): Leda N. Kobziar, J. Morgan Varner, Jesse K. Kreye, Michael G. Andreu, David R. Godwin
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The biophysical feedbacks of forest fire on Earth’s surface radiative budget remain uncertain at the global scale. Using satellite observations, we show that fire-induced forest loss accounts for about 15% of global forest loss, mostly in northern high latitudes. Forest fire increases surface temperature by 0.15 K (0.12 to 0.19 K)...
Author(s): Zhihua Liu, Ashley Ballantyne, L. Annie Cooper
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Wildfires strongly affect soils, including iron biogeochemical cycling and carbon storage. Thus, it is important to reveal the dynamics of iron oxide synthesis and transformations during and after a wildfire. This study investigates the temporal stability of strongly magnetic minerals appearing after a wildfire. Following a designed...
Author(s): Neli Jordanova, Diana Jordanova, Antonia Mokreva, Daniel Ishlyamski, Bozhurka Georgieva
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Global fire regimes are shifting due to climate and land use changes. Understanding the responses of belowground communities to fire is key to predicting changes in the ecosystem processes they regulate. We conducted a comprehensive meta‐analysis of 1634 observations from 131 empirical studies to investigate the effect of fire on...
Author(s): Yamina Pressler, John C. Moore, M. Francesca Cotrufo
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
High severity fires are likely to become more prevalent with global climate change, so it is critical that we understand their effects on forest ecosystems. Leaf litter dependent fauna are likely to be particularly vulnerable to habitat loss resulting from fire, which often destroys their leaf litter habitat. We hypothesised that,...
Author(s): Sebastian Buckingham, Nick P. Murphy, Heloise Gibb
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Historically, the ponderosa and dry mixed-conifer forests of the Colorado Front Range were more open and grassy, and trees of all size classes were found in a grouped arrangement with sizable openings between the clumps. As a legacy of fire suppression, today’s forests are denser, with smaller trees. Proactive restoration of this...
Author(s): Susan Miller, Rob Addington, Gregory H. Aplet, Michael A. Battaglia, Anthony S. Cheng, Jonas A. Feinstein, Jeffrey L. Underhill
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The use of distributed temperature sensing (DTS) for ecological applications has increased rapidly in the last 6 years. Here we demonstrate the first use of DTS to measure soil temperatures during a fuel reduction burn – in an urban grassy Tuart–Banksia woodland remnant near Perth, Western Australia. Optical fibre with an acrylate...
Author(s): Ryan Tangney, Nader A. Issa, David J. Merritt, John N. Callow, Ben P. Miller
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Although burned trees are the most visible damage following a wildfire, a forest’s soil can also be damaged. The heat generated by a wildfire can alter the soil’s physical properties and kill the fungi and bacteria that are responsible for nutrient cycling and other ecosystem services. What isn’t well understood is the extent of the...
Author(s): Andrea Watts, Jane E. Smith, Ariel D. Cowan, Ari A. Jumpponen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Soils are an important natural capital and can be negatively affected by high severity fires. The capacity of soil to recover from the degradation caused by fire disturbance depends on fire history, ash properties, topography, post-fire weather, vegetation recuperation and post-fire management. These factors are interdependent, and...
Author(s): Paulo Pereira, Marcos Francos, Eric C. Brevik, Xavier Ubeda, Igor Bogunovic
Year Published: 2018
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).