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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 4,700 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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Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify wildland firefighters’ (WLFFs) self-reported hydration and nutrition practices, they perceived may impact health and safety while on an active fire assignment in the United States. Study Design, Setting, Participants: Using an online format, WLFFs (n=422) were asked two open-...
Author(s): Samantha Worden, Callie N. Collins, Annie Roe, Katie Brown, Alistair M. S. Smith, Crystal A. Kolden, Andrew S. Nelson, Randy Brooks, Samantha Ramsay
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Planned burning is a preventative strategy aimed at decreasing fuel loads to reduce the severity of future wildfire events. During planned burn operations, firefighters can work long shifts. Furthermore, remote burning locations may require firefighters to sleep away from home between shifts. The existing evidence surrounding...
Author(s): Grace E. Vincent, Brad Aisbett, Sarah J. Hall, Sally A. Ferguson
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
On the afternoon of Aug. 29, 1985, the Butte Fire on the Salmon National Forest in central Idaho made a sudden high-intensity crown run up Wallace Creek, a side drainage of the Salmon River. Over the next 90 minutes, this run consumed 3,500 acres. Approximately 118 persons on the Division—including hand crews,...
Author(s): David Thomas
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Forest Service has declared its intention of becoming a learning organization. As a means to that end, the Forest Service has borrowed and adapted the staff ride concept from the military. This paper describes the staff ride product and compares it to what scientific research tells us about the nature of learning. Focus group...
Author(s): Joseph R. Harris
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
This study examined firefighters’ sleep quantity and quality throughout multi-day wildfire suppression, and assessed the impact of sleep location, shift length, shift start time and incident severity on these variables. For 4 weeks, 40 volunteer firefighters’ sleep was assessed using wrist actigraphy. Analyses revealed that the...
Author(s): Grace E. Vincent, Brad Aisbett, Sarah J. Hall, Sally A. Ferguson
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The purpose of this study was to determine changes in physiological markers of heat acclimatization across a 4-month wildland fire season. Wildland firefighters (WLFF) (n=12) and non-WLFF (n =14) were assessed pre- and post-season for body mass, percent body fat, and peak V.O2. Both groups completed a 60-min heat stress trial (...
Author(s): Brianna Lui, John S. Cuddy, Walter S. Hailes, Brent Ruby
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation was to characterize the effects of self-selected work activity on energy expenditure, water turnover, and thermal strain during wildland fire suppression. A secondary aim was to contrast current data with data collected 15 years ago using similar methods to determine whether job demands...
Author(s): John S. Cuddy, Joseph A. Sol, Walter S. Hailes, Brent Ruby
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighters are often called on to make tactical decisions under stressful conditions in order to suppress a fire. These decisions can be hindered by human factors such as insufficient knowledge of surroundings and conditions, lack of experience, overextension of resources or loss of situational awareness. One potential...
Author(s): Gregory K. Fryer, Philip E. Dennison, Thomas J. Cova
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In October, the 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit in Sydney, Australia brought together students of fire from all over the world to explore new approaches in wildland fire safety. Participants attended from the USA, Switzerland, Hong Kong, France, New Zealand and Australia to take part in the summit.
Author(s): Rebekah L. Fox
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
The Cramer fire began as a fairly typical mid-slope ignition on the south-facing slope of the steep Salmon River Canyon during an extended drought that saw live fuel moistures in late July falling below the benchmark record of 2000. On July 22, the fourth day after ignition, and three days from detection and engagement, the fire...
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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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).