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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).

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Managers masticate fuels to reduce extreme fire hazards, but the effect on fire behaviour within the resulting compact fuelbeds is poorly understood. We burned 54 masticated fuelbeds in laboratory experiments one and two growing seasons after mastication and 75 masticated fuelbeds in prescribed fire experiments one growing season...
Author(s): Zachary D. Lyon, Penelope Morgan, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Aaron M. Sparks, Robert F. Keefe, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The United States Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program has been monitoring national forest resources in the United States for over 80 years; presented here is a synthesis of research applications for FIA data. A review of over 180 publications that directly utilize FIA data is broken down into broad categories of application...
Author(s): Wade T. Tinkham, Patrick R. Mahoney, Andrew T. Hudak, Grant M. Domke, Michael J. Falkowski, Christopher W. Woodall, Alistair M. S. Smith
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A newer generation of models that interactively couple the atmosphere with fire behavior have shown an increased potential to understand and predict complex, rapidly changing fire behavior. This is possible if they capture intricate, time-varying microscale airflows in mountainous terrain and fire-atmosphere feedbacks. However, this...
Author(s): Janice L. Coen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire weather indices are commonly used by fire weather forecasters to predict when weather conditions will make a wildland fire difficult to manage. Complex interactions at multiple scales between fire, fuels, topography, and weather make these predictions extremely difficult. We define a new fire weather index called the Hot-Dry-...
Author(s): Alan F. Srock, Joseph J. Charney, Brian E. Potter, Scott L. Goodrick
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Grid-independent rate of spread results from a physics-based simulation are presented. Previously, such a numerical benchmark has been elusive owing to computational restrictions. The grid-converged results are used to systematically construct correlations between the rate of spread (RoS) and both wind speed and grass height,...
Author(s): K. A. M. Moinuddin, W. Mell
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire behavior research has largely focused on the steady-state interactions between fuels and heat fluxes. Contemporary research is revealing new questions outside the bounds of this simplified approach. Here, we explore the complex interactions taking place beyond steady-state assumptions through acknowledging the...
Author(s): Kara M. Yedinak, Eva K. Strand, J. Kevin Hiers, J. Morgan Varner
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Junction fires, which involve the merging of two linear fire fronts intersecting at a small angle, are associated with very intense fire behaviour. The dynamic displacement of the intersection point of the two lines and the flow along the symmetry plane of the fire are analysed for symmetric boundary conditions. It is observed that...
Author(s): J. R. Raposo, Domingos Xavier Viegas, X. Xie, Miguel Almeida, A. R. Figueiredo, L. Porto, J. Sharples
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Tree mortality is an important outcome of many forest fires. Extensive tree injuries from fire may lead directly to mortality, but environmental and biological stressors may also contribute to tree death. However, there is little evidence showing how the combined effects of two common stressors, drought and competition, influence...
Author(s): Phillip J. van Mantgem, Donald A. Falk, Emma C. Williams, Adrian J. Das, Nathan L. Stephenson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Rothermel surface fire spread model, with some adjustments by Frank A. Albini in 1976, has been used in fire and fuels management systems since 1972. It is generally used with other models including fireline intensity and flame length. Fuel models are often used to define fuel input parameters. Dynamic fuel models use equations...
Author(s): Patricia L. Andrews
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Haines Index is used in wildland fire management to evaluate the potential for ‘large and/or erratic’ fire behaviour. Published in 1988 as the Lower Atmospheric Severity Index, it was widely adopted and has become popular among fire managers, especially in the United States. Meteorologists have questioned its validity, however....
Author(s): Brian E. Potter
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).