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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.

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FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY BEGAN EARLY. As soon as photographs could replace lithographs in magazines and newspapers, photos of firefights, the aftermath of bad burns, and occasionally even flame and smoke appeared. When Harper’s Weekly covered the 1871 and 1894 fires in Wisconsin and Minnesota, it relied on artists’ drawings. The 1903 and...
Author(s): Stephen Pyne
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is a natural element of the landscape and thus, the environment would be different as we know it without its presence. Fire is accepted as a vital force in shaping biomes and, to some extent, has allowed us to persist through time and became 'humans.' Fire can be a controversial topic because we can benefit from its role as a...
Author(s): Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Paulo Pereira
Year Published: 2020
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
The guide provides public health officials with the information they need to prepare for smoke events, communicate health risks and take measures to protect public health. It is also a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about what to do when smoke travels from nearby forest fires. This fourth edition of the...
Author(s): Susan Lyon Stone
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
In response to an increasing risk of property loss from wildfires at the urban–wildland interface, there has been growing interest around the world in the plant characteristics of urban gardens that can be manipulated to minimize the chances of property damage or destruction. To date, considerable discussion of this issue can be...
Author(s): Brad R. Murray, Leigh J. Martin, Colin Brown, Daniel W. Krix, Megan L. Phillips
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Absher and Vaske conducted a mail survey of rural landowners in heavily forested counties along the Front Range of Colorado. They asked questions designed to measure respondents’ trust in (1) the information that the Forest Service provided regarding forest fires, and (2) the agency’s competency in responding to fires and conducting...
Author(s): Josh McDaniel
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).