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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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Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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Early forest fire detection can effectively be achieved by systems of specialised tower-mounted cameras. With the aim of maximising system visibility of smoke above a prescribed region, the process of selecting multiple tower sites from a large number of potential site locations is a complex combinatorial optimisation problem....
Author(s): Andries Heyns, Warren du Plessis, Michael Kosch, Gavin Hough
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are often perceived as destructive disturbances, but we propose that when integrating evolutionary and socioecological factors, fires in most ecosystems can be understood as natural processes that provide a variety of benefits to humankind. Wildfires generate open habitats that enable the evolution of a diversity of shade‐...
Author(s): Juli G. Pausas, Jon E. Keeley
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Resilience has become a common goal for science-based natural resource management, particularly in the context of changing climate and disturbance regimes. Integrating varying perspectives and definitions of resilience is a complex and often unrecognized challenge to applying resilience concepts to social–ecological systems (SESs)...
Author(s): Philip E. Higuera, Alexander L. Metcalf, Carol Miller, Brian Buma, Dave McWethy, Elizabeth C. Metcalf, Zak Ratjczak, Cara R. Nelson, Brian C. Chaffin, Richard C. Stedman, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Tania L. Schoennagel, Brian J. Harvey, Sharon M. Hood, Courtney Schultz, Anne E. Black, Dave Campbell, Julia H. Haggerty, Robert E. Keane, Meg A. Krawchuk, Judith C. Kulig, Rebekah Rafferty, Arika Virapongse
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel, aridity, and ignition switches were all on in 2017, making it one of the largest and costliest wildfire years in the United States (U.S.) since national reporting began. Anthropogenic climate change helped flip on some of these switches rapidly in 2017, and kept them on for longer than usual. Anthropogenic changes to the fire...
Author(s): Jennifer Balch, Tania L. Schoennagel, A. Park Williams, John T. Abatzoglou, Megan E. Cattau, Nathan Mietkiewicz, Lise A. St. Denis
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large fires account for the majority of burned area and are an important focus of fire management. However, ‘large’ is typically defined by a fire size threshold, minimizing the importance of proportionally large fires in less fire-prone ecoregions. Here, we defined ‘large fires’ as the largest 10% of wildfires by ecoregion (n = 175...
Author(s): R. Chelsea Nagy, Emily J. Fusco, Bethany A. Bradley, John T. Abatzoglou, Jennifer Balch
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accordingly, the average annual risk of a wildfire destroying a home in the WUI was less than 1 onehundredth of 1 percent. Of course, the risk is much higher in fire-prone parts of the South and West, but so are expectations that government firefighters will come to the rescue (NWCG 2001; Pyne 2015; Stein and others 2013). Confident...
Author(s): Hutch Brown
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Communities in the wildland– urban interface (WUI) have challenges that other communities don’t. They struggle to establish and maintain a viable wildfre mitigation effort over time. While many communities understand their risk and want to reduce it, they don’t have the local capacity to accomplish it for lack of funds or staffng or...
Author(s): Pam Leschak
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large fires have tremendous effects on the characteristics of water-producing watersheds and the quality of the water coming out of them. This article discusses the effects of wildland fires on water quality and suggests ways of managing fire-prone forested water source areas to prevent their degradation from wildfires. The article...
Author(s): Aregai Tecle, Daniel G. Neary
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The socio-environmental dimension in wildland fire management is critical for moving towards a baseline of firewise planning. Wildland fire risk planning is a land use planning tool that should be able to keep pace with rapid rates of social and environmental change. Changes in land use and climate bring alterations in fire regimes...
Author(s): David Martín Gallego, Eduard Plana Bach, Domingo Molina Terrén
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Society’s participation in decisions regarding land planning and management is essential for reaching viable and long-lasting solutions. The success of forest plans depends on the involvement of different stakeholders. In turn, stakeholder involvement depends on the representativity achieved in public participation in the...
Author(s): Xabier Bruña-García, Manuel F. Marey-Pérez
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).