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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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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project was to determine the effects of wildfire suppression on muscle glycogen utilization in wildland firefighters (WLFFs). METHODS: Wildland firefighters (n = 11) participated in the study. Muscle biopsies were obtained from the vastus lateralis pre- and post-work shift. Activity patterns were...
Author(s): John S. Cuddy, D.R. Slivka, T.J. Tucker, Walter S. Hailes, Brent Ruby
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A cornerstone of effective institutional learning and accountability is the development, tracking, and analysis of informative performance measures. In a previous issue of Fire Management Today ("A New Look at Risk Management," Winter 2011), a series of articles highlighted the importance of organizational safety and risk management...
Author(s): David E. Calkin, John Phipps, Thomas P. Holmes, Jon D. Rieck, Matthew P. Thompson
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The purpose of this case study is to examine the physiological/behavioral factors leading up to heat exhaustion in a male wildland firefighter during wildland fire suppression. The participant (24 years old, 173 cm, 70 kg, and 3 years firefighting experience) experienced heat exhaustion following 7 hours of high ambient temperatures...
Author(s): John S. Cuddy, Brent Ruby
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Several published accounts exist of how smokejumper foreman Wag Dodge survived the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire in northwestern Montana by setting an 'escape fire' in cured grass fuels, the most notable among them being Norman Maclean's 1992 book Young Men and Fire. Two other smokejumpers survived by reaching a rockslide. Sadly, 12...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Wildland Fire Operations Research Group of FPInnovations-Feric Division in collaboration with the University of Alberta initiated a project in late 2007 at the request of its stakeholders to examine and define the limits of wildland firefighter safety and survival zones. Part of this project involves examining past wildfire...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander, Mark Y. Ackerman, Gregory J. Baxter
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a water + electrolyte solution versus plain water on changes in drinking behaviors, hydration status, and body temperatures during wildfire suppression. METHODS: Eight participants consumed plain water, and eight participants consumed water plus an electrolyte...
Author(s): John S. Cuddy, J.A. Ham, S.G. Harger, D.R. Slivka, Brent Ruby
Year Published: 2008
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of supplemental feeding strategies on self-selected activity during wildland fire suppression. METHODS: Seventy-six wildland firefighters were studied in three experiments for three fire seasons. During the first two seasons, subjects consumed, in addition to their sack...
Author(s): John S. Cuddy, Steven E. Gaskill, B.J. Sharkey, S.G. Harger, Brent Ruby
Year Published: 2007
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accident investigators at any level are challenged with identifying causal factors and making preventative recommendations. This task can be particularly complicated considering that 70-80% of accidents are associated with human error. Due to complexities of the wildland fire environment, this is especially challenging when...
Author(s): Michelle Ryerson, Chuck Whitlock
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
This paper analyzes historic and contemporary documents about the Ten Standard Fire Orders in the Lessons Learned Center Library and elsewhere, to examine how justifications for these traditional safety rules have changed over time. Using ethical theory as a lens for analysis, the paper shows how the original Fire Orders attempted...
Author(s): J.A. Thackaberry
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
These files contain the proceedings and poster papers from the International Association of Wildland Fire's Wildland Fire Safety Summit™ held in Missoula, Montana April 26-28, 2005. These proceedings contain the papers as submitted by the authors. Except for some editing to try and instill a common format, these papers are as...
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings

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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).