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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 4,800 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 Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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This work experimentally investigates the fire spread of discrete fuels by using fuel beds of laser-cut cardboards in a wind tunnel. Two distinct particle ignition modes are identified: under lower wind speed and packing ratio, a part of the tilted flame front inside the fuel bed touched and ignited the fuel elements; under a higher...
Author(s): Qianqian He, Naian Liu, Xiaodong Xie, Linhe Zhang, Jaio Lei, Yang Zhang, Di Wu
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The paper first reviews the mode of generation of fire whirls, their properties, and operational regimes, under well-controlled experimental conditions. The situation is different with wildfires. These are uncontrolled and less well understood. A modified analytical approach is described for these conditions. This is based on global...
Author(s): Adriana Palacios, Derek Bradley
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A combined imaging system that can monitor the visible flame, invisible hot flow, flame temperature and surface temperature was developed to investigate the combustion of wooden rods inclined at 30° under forced air flow. A micro wind tunnel is designed to generate the forced air flow that is at an angle with the fire rod. It is...
Author(s): Yufeng Lai, Xiao Wang, Thomas B.O. Rockett, Jon R. Willmott, Yang Zhang
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is one of Earth's most potent agents of ecological change. This Special Issue comes in the wake of a series of extreme wildfires across the world, from the Amazon, to Siberia, California, Portugal, South Africa and eastern Australia (Duane et al., 2021). These “megafires,” variously defined according to their size, intensity,...
Author(s): Dale G. Nimmo, Alan N. Andersen, Sally Archibald, Matthias M. Boer, Lluis Brotons, Catherine L. Parr, Morgan W. Tingley
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This paper describes a series of tests conducted to evaluate prototype fire shelters designed to provide enhanced thermal protective insulation in wildland fire burn-over events. Full-scale laboratory and field tests are used to compare the thermal performance of the prototypes with a fire shelter construction in current use in the...
Author(s): Joseph P. Roise, John Williams, Roger Barker, John Morton-Aslanis
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire extent and their impacts are increasing around the world. Fire management agencies use fire behaviour simulation models operationally (during a wildfire event) or strategically for risk assessment and treatment. These models provide agencies with increased knowledge of fire potential to improve identification of the best...
Author(s): Trent D. Penman, Sarah C. McColl-Gausden, Brett Cirulis, D. Kultaev, Dan Ababei, Lauren T. Bennett
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) initiated the Fire and Smoke Model Experiment (FASMEE) (https://fasmee.net) by funding JFSP Project 15-S-01-01. This nationwide, multiagency effort identifies and collects critical measurements that will be used to advance...
Author(s): Roger D. Ottmar, Adam C. Watts, Sim Larkin, Tim Brown, Nancy H. F. French
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The suggestion has been made within the wildland fire community that the rate of spread in the upper portion of the fire danger spectrum is largely independent of the physical fuel characteristics in certain forest ecosystem types. Our review and analysis of the relevant scientific literature on the subject suggest that fuel...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Martin E. Alexander, Paulo M. Fernandes
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A detailed description is given of double burner fire whirls that are similar in structure to the type of combined whirls seen in nature. The whirls are generated using the fixed frame method, and two burners are placed symmetrically about the center of the fixed frame. The flame from each burner sweeps along the ground until it...
Author(s): Katherine A. Hartl, Alexander J. Smits
Year Published: 2022
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Despite the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of wildfires, little attention has been paid to the spatiotemporal patterns of nighttime fire activity across the conterminous United States (CONUS). Daytime fire radiative power (FRP) detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) was nearly evenly split (54%...
Author(s): Patrick H. Freeborn, William Matt Jolly, Mark A. Cochrane, Gareth Roberts
Year Published: 2022
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).