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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.

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The National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) has done a good job of prioritizing safety in wildland fire operations and promoting human life over property. For example, fireline checklists inspired by aviation safety prove their worth every day. Nevertheless, the work remains — and will always be — inherently dangerous. There are...
Author(s): Eli Schned
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighters are exposed to health hazards including inhaling hazardous pollutants from the combustion of live and dead vegetation (smoke) and breathe soil dust, while working long shifts with no respiratory protection. This research brief summarizes a study analyzing long-term health impacts of smoke exposure for wildland...
Author(s): Kathleen M. Navarro, Linda Mutch
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
As wildfire seasons have expanded in duration and intensity, the effort and dedication required of wildland firefighters have increased (Withen 2015). Firefighters now work from April, when fuels first become available for burning, until well into the winter months of December and January. As fire seasons have grown into “fire years...
Author(s): Ben McLane
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
When attempting to suppress severe wildfire the possibility for firefighting crews to be overrun by wildfire, known as entrapment and burnover, remains a catastrophic and all too common occurrence. While improvements have been made to vehicle protection systems to increase the safety of firefighters caught in burnover, the potential...
Author(s): Greg Penney, Daryoush Habibi, Marcus Cattani
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Smoke from bushfires (also known as wildfires or forest fires) has blanketed large regions of Australia during the southern hemisphere summer of 2019/2020, potentially endangering residents who breathe the polluted air. While such air pollution is known to cause respiratory irritation and damage, its effect on the brain is not well...
Author(s): Laura A. Milton, Anthony R. White
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The location of shelters in different areas threatened by wildfires is one of the possible ways to reduce fatalities in a context of an increasing number of catastrophic and severe wildfires. These shelters will enable the population in the area to be protected in case of fire outbreaks. The subject of our study is to determine the...
Author(s): Marc Demange, Virginie Gabrel, Marcel A. Haddad, Cécile Murat
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Firefighters are exposed to numerous stressors during wildfire suppression, including working in hot temperatures and sleep restricted conditions. Research has shown that when sleep restricted, individuals choose foods higher in carbohydrates, fat, and sugar, and have increased cravings for calorie dense foods. However, there is...
Author(s): Charlotte C. Gupta, Sally A. Ferguson, Brad Aisbett, Michelle Dominiak, Stephanie E. Chappel, Madeline Sprajcer, Hugh H. K. Fullagar, Saman Khalesi, Joshua H. Guy, Grace E. Vincent
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hiking with a pack is the highest-intensity task that wildland firefighters (WLFFs) perform during sustained activities related to wildland fire suppression. Firefighters perform this and other tasks together as a crew; this provides a unique model to evaluate select physical and physiological changes in members of working crews...
Author(s): Steven E. Gaskill, Charles L. Dumke, Charles G. Palmer, Brent Ruby, Joseph W. Domitrovich, Joseph A. Sol
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighters are directly exposed to elevated levels of wildland fire (WF) smoke. Although studies demonstrate WF smoke exposure is associated with lung function changes, few studies that use invasive sample collection methods have been conducted to investigate underlying biochemical changes. These methods are also either...
Author(s): Chieh-Ming Wu, Anna M. Adetona, Chi Song, Luke P. Naeher, Olorunfemi Adetona
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In 2018, Fire Management Today carried an article on smoke exposure (6 Minutes for Safety 2018). The article describes actions you can take to mitigate smoke exposure and techniques for reducing the exposure of firefighters to heavy smoke. The article is very informative, with a lot of good points to consider. I would suggest...
Author(s): Randall C. Thomas
Year Published: 2020
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).