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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 4,700 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 Webinars & Recorded Media Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, storymaps, and seminars.

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Wildland firefighter fatalities are not caused by one single factor. Catastrophic fires are on the rise, civilian and firefighter deaths are on the rise, particularly volunteer firefighters. The WUI is growing at a faster pace than ever recorded and suppression and economic costs are skyrocketing. There is not one contributing...
Author(s): Anjeleeca M. Tomayko
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
Wildland firefighting is arduous work with extreme physical and nutritional demands that often exceeds those of athletes competing in sports. The intensity and duration of job demands, impacts the amount of calories burned, which can influence body composition. The purpose of this study was to determine if the body composition of...
Author(s): Callie N. Collins, Randall H. Brooks, Benjamin D. Sturz, Andrew S. Nelson, Robert F. Keefe
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Too many of our brothers and sisters in the fire service are dying in the line of duty while fighting fire in the wildland environment. Data suggests wildland firefighters die at a higher rate than those involved in structural fire response, and the emotional, social and fiscal costs of wildland firefighter death, accident, and...
Author(s): Tom Harbour
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHCs) are a crucial firefighting suppression resource in the United States. These crews travel substantial distances each year and work long and arduous assignments that can cause accumulated fatigue. Current dispatching practices for these crews are supposed to send the closest resource while adhering to...
Author(s): Erin J. Belval, David E. Calkin, Yu Wei, Crystal S. Stonesifer, Matthew P. Thompson, Alex Taylor Masarie
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The purpose of this study was to examine the pattern of urinary protein excretion induced by 3 consecutive days of wildland firefighting. Eighteen male active-duty military personnel served as the participants. All testing on the 3 consecutive days was conducted at a Northwestern USA fire camp. All participants consumed military-...
Author(s): N. Yasuda, B.C. Ruby
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighters perform physical work while being subjected to multiple stressors and adverse, volatile working environments for extended periods. Recent research has highlighted sleep as a significant and potentially modifiable factor impacting operational performance. The aim of this review was to (1) examine the existing...
Author(s): Grace E. Vincent, Brad Aisbett, Alexander Wolkow, Sarah M. Jay, Nicola D. Ridgers, Sally A. Ferguson
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighters have arduous and hazardous occupations and are being killed or injured at alarming rates with 1,114 killed while on assignment between 1994 and 2016. Thus, improving wildland firefighter health and safety is a National priority. Incident reports typically highlight situational awareness and communication as key...
Author(s): Callie N. Collins
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
In 2017, the NFFF began the process of conducting a wide-scale needs assessment to identify vulnerabilities, attitudes, and intervention opportunities related to wildland firefighter health and safety. A survey was broadly disseminated, and six regional listening sessions were held to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Previous reviews of wildfires where a fatal firefighter burnover occurred have found that the incidents usually share similar characteristics in terms of the fire environment, such as steep slopes and complex topography (e.g. box canyons). Despite these similarities, systematic identification and communication of the locations where...
Author(s): Wesley G. Page, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We carry tools with us fighting wildland fire. Pulaskis, chain saws, shelters, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen. A tool you may not consider, and one often overlooked, is the tool of listening. The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation (NFFF) took the tool of listening across the country in six cities over the course of four months...
Author(s): Kathy Clay
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).