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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 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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This review is focused on tree seedling regeneration for several reasons. First, a high mortality event, like a high- severity wildfire, kills the mature trees needed to maintain forest cover. When fire-caused mortality is minimal, we are less concerned about tree regeneration, but a high severity fire creates the need for tree...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan, Kimberley T. Davis, Kerry Kemp, Jarod Blades
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
As wildfire activity increases in many regions of the world, it is imperative that we understand how key components of fire‐prone ecosystems respond to spatial variation in fire characteristics. Pollinators provide a foundation for ecological communities by assisting in the reproduction of native plants, yet our understanding of how...
Author(s): Sara M. Galbraith, James H. Cane, Andrew R. Moldenke, James W. Rivers
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Research highlights: The biology of mountain pine beetle (MPB), Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins, in Colorado’s lodgepole pine forests exhibits similarities and differences to other parts of its range. Brood emergence was not influenced by stand density nor related to tree diameter. The probability of individual tree attack is...
Author(s): Jose F. Negron
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Subalpine forests in the northern Rocky Mountains have been resilient to stand-replacing fires that historically burned at 100- to 300-year intervals. Fire intervals are projected to decline drastically as climate warms, and forests that reburn before recovering from previous fire may lose their ability to rebound. We studied recent...
Author(s): Monica G. Turner, Kristin H. Braziunas, Winslow D. Hansen, Brian J. Harvey
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire evacuations at wildland-urban interfaces (WUI) pose a serious challenge to the emergency services, and are a global issue affecting thousands of communities around the world. This paper presents a multi-physics framework for the simulation of evacuation in WUI wildfire incidents, including three main modelling layers: wildfire...
Author(s): Enrico Ronchi, Steven M. V. Gwynne, Guillermo Rein, Paolo Intini, Rahul Wadhwani
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Global fire regimes are shifting due to climate and land use changes. Understanding the responses of belowground communities to fire is key to predicting changes in the ecosystem processes they regulate. We conducted a comprehensive meta‐analysis of 1634 observations from 131 empirical studies to investigate the effect of fire on...
Author(s): Yamina Pressler, John C. Moore, M. Francesca Cotrufo
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Background: Wildfires, like many disturbances, can be catalysts for ecosystem change. Given projected climate change, tree regeneration declines and ecosystem shifts following severe wildfires are predicted. We reviewed scientific literature on post-fire tree regeneration to understand where and why no or few trees established. We...
Author(s): Camille Stevens-Rumann, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The US Endangered Species Act has enabled species conservation but has differentially impacted fire management and rare bird conservation in the southern and western US. In the South, prescribed fire and restoration‐based forest thinning are commonly used to conserve the endangered red‐cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis; RCW),...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Leda N. Kobziar, Brandon M. Collins, Raymond J. Davis, Peter Z. Fule, William L. Gaines, Joseph L. Ganey, James M. Guldin, Paul F. Hessburg, J. Kevin Hiers, Serra Hoagland, John J. Keane, Ronald E. Masters, Ann E. McKellar, Warren G. Montague, Malcolm P. North, Thomas A. Spies
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This synthesis summarizes information available in the scientific literature on historical patterns and contemporary changes in fuels and fire regimes in juniper communities of the Columbia and northern Great basins. Limited evidence suggests that many presettlement juniper woodlands and savannas had open stand structures, and they...
Author(s): Shannon K. Murphy, Janet L. Fryer
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Synthesis
For this study, we characterized the dependence of fire counts (FCs) on soil moisture (SM) at global and sub-global scales using 15 years of remote sensing data. We argue that this mathematical relationship serves as an effective way to predict fire because it is a proxy for the semi-quantitative fire-productivity relationship that...
Author(s): Alexander J. Schaefer, Brian I. Magi
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).