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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).

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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As we enter the wildfire season in the northern hemisphere, the potential for a dangerous interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and smoke pollution should be recognized and acknowledged. This is challenging because the public health threat of COVID-19 is immediate and clear, whereas the public health threat of wildfire smoke seems distant...
Author(s): Sarah B. Henderson
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Previous research on media framing of wildfire has chiefly been concerned with the nature of wildfire in the context of climate change and with framing effects on policy and public opinion. Empirical studies on media content, hence what is mediated to crisis managers and the public concerning authorities’ and the public's response,...
Author(s): Sofia Nilsson, Ann Enander
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: This paper describes Fires of Change, a collaborative art exhibit designed to communicate about the shifting fire regimes of the United States Southwest through the lens of multimedia art. The Southwest Fire Science Consortium and Landscape Conservation Initiative, both of which are boundary organizations that facilitate...
Author(s): Melanie M. Colavito, Barbara S. Wolfson, Andrea E. Thode, Collin M. Haffey, Carolyn Kimball
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
The U.S. Geological Survey's Wildland Fire Science Program produces fundamental information to identify the causes of wildfires, understand the impacts and benefits of both wildfires and prescribed fires, and help prevent and manage larger, catastrophic events. Our fire scientists provide information and develop tools that are...
Author(s): Paul F. Steblein, Mark P. Miller, Suzanna C. Soileau
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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
Local land managers are tasked with balancing the needs and preferences of local and national publics. This report provides a snapshot of preferences for local public land management and the demographics of communities within 50 miles of U.S. national forests and grasslands in the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service. This...
Author(s): Rebecca Rasch, Sarah M. McCaffrey
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
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

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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).