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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.

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
Like many of us at the Forest Service, I started my career in fire, and I have always relied on Smokey Bear. Fire prevention is part of our cultural DNA. It started with Gifford Pinchot, the first Forest Service Chief. In his 1905 Use Book for line officers, Pinchot noted that “care with small fires is the best way to prevent large...
Author(s): Vicki Christiansen
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article examines salient topics and textual silences in the media coverage of two major wildfires in Washington State. A significant body of research has examined the importance of media coverage in framing disaster events, yet gaps remain in scholarly understanding of wildfire media coverage. In this article, we explore the...
Author(s): Alissa Cordner, Eliana Schwartz
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
Smokey Bear’s story begins with World War II. In spring 1942, a few months after Japanese planes had attacked Pearl Harbor, an enemy submarine fired shells that exploded near an oil field close to the Los Padres National Forest. U.S. Forest Service personnel feared that future attacks could ignite forest fires and cause disastrous...
Author(s): James G. Lewis
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).