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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 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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Fire danger and potential for large fires in the United States (US) is currently indicated via several forecasted qualitative indices. However, landscape-level quantitative forecasts of the probability of a large fire are currently lacking. In this study, we present a framework for forecasting large fire occurrence – an extreme...
Author(s): Haiganoush K. Preisler, Karen L. Riley, Crystal S. Stonesifer, David E. Calkin, William Matt Jolly
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Simulating an advancing fire front may be achieved within a Lagrangian or Eulerian framework. In the former, independently moving markers are connected to form a fire front, whereas in the latter, values representing the moving front are calculated at points within a fixed grid. Despite a mathematical equivalence between the two...
Author(s): Anthony S. Bova, William E. Mell, Chad M. Hoffman
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Finding novel ways to plan and implement landscape-level forest treatments that protect sensitive wildlife and other key ecosystem components, while also reducing the risk of large-scale, high-severity fires, can prove to be difficult. We examined alternative approaches to landscape-scale fuel-treatment design for the same landscape...
Author(s): Christopher B. Dow, Brandon M. Collins, Scott L. Stephens
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wood cribs are often used as ignition sources for room fire tests and the well characterized burning rates may also have applications to wildland fires. The burning rate of wildland fuel structures, whether the needle layer on the ground or trees and shrubs themselves, is not addressed in any operational fire model and no simple...
Author(s): Sara S. McAllister, Mark A. Finney
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The escalating awareness of non-forested landscapes and realization that more emphasis is needed for an all lands approach to management increasingly requires timely information to improve management effectiveness. The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) has been used in a large number of studies to project future vegetation...
Author(s): Matthew C. Reeves
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Mastication of shrubs and small trees to reduce fire hazard has become a widespread management practice, yet many aspects of the fire behaviour of these unique woody fuelbeds remain poorly understood. To examine the effects of fuelbed aging on fire behaviour, we conducted laboratory burns with masticated Arctostaphylos spp. and...
Author(s): Jesse K. Kreye, J. Morgan Varner, Jeffrey M. Kane, Eric E. Knapp, Warren P. Reed
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research shows that some categories of human-ignited wildfires may be forecastable, owing to their temporal clustering, with the possibility that resources could be predeployed to help reduce the incidence of such wildfires. We estimated several kinds of incendiary and other human-ignited wildfire forecast models at the weekly time...
Author(s): Jeffrey P. Prestemon, David T. Butry, Douglas S. Thomas
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire behavior is a complex and stochastic phenomenon that can present unique tactical management challenges. This paper investigates a multistage stochastic mixed integer program with full recourse to model spatially explicit fire behavior and to select suppression locations for a wildland fire. Simplified suppression decisions...
Author(s): Erin J. Belval, Yu Wei, Michael Bevers
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Gridded temperature data sets are typically produced at spatial resolutions that cannot fully resolve fine-scale variation in surface air temperature in regions of complex topography. These data limitations have become increasingly important as scientists and managers attempt to understand and plan for potential climate change...
Author(s): Zachary A. Holden, Alan Swanson, Anna E. Klene, John T. Abatzoglou, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, Samuel A. Cushman, John Squires, Gretchen Moisen, Jared W. Oyler
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This assessment provides input to the reauthorized National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the National Climate Assessment (NCA), and it establishes the scientific foundation needed to manage for drought resilience and adaptation. Focal areas include drought characterization; drought impacts on forest processes...
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Synthesis, 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).