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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 3,600 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).

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Each year, the wildfire season in the Western United States brings headlines and news reports, mostly factual but sometimes misleading. This year is no different, a case in point being “Let Forest Fires Burn? What the Black-Backed Woodpecker Knows” (Gillis 2017). Stories like this feed widespread misperceptions in the United States...
Author(s): Tom Tidwell
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel, aridity, and ignition switches were all on in 2017, making it one of the largest and costliest wildfire years in the United States (U.S.) since national reporting began. Anthropogenic climate change helped flip on some of these switches rapidly in 2017, and kept them on for longer than usual. Anthropogenic changes to the fire...
Author(s): Jennifer Balch, Tania L. Schoennagel, A. Park Williams, John T. Abatzoglou, Megan E. Cattau, Nathan Mietkiewicz, Lise A. St. Denis
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accordingly, the average annual risk of a wildfire destroying a home in the WUI was less than 1 onehundredth of 1 percent. Of course, the risk is much higher in fire-prone parts of the South and West, but so are expectations that government firefighters will come to the rescue (NWCG 2001; Pyne 2015; Stein and others 2013). Confident...
Author(s): Hutch Brown
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large fires have tremendous effects on the characteristics of water-producing watersheds and the quality of the water coming out of them. This article discusses the effects of wildland fires on water quality and suggests ways of managing fire-prone forested water source areas to prevent their degradation from wildfires. The article...
Author(s): Aregai Tecle, Daniel G. Neary
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The structures, patterns, and processes of the forests of the world develop from ecological interactions among hugely diverse types of organisms interacting with environmental factors at specific places and times on the Earth’s surface. The science of ecology helps us develop frameworks for understanding these structures, patterns...
Author(s): Dan Brinkley, Mark A. Adams, Todd Fredericksen, Jean Paul Laclau, Harri Mäkinen, Cindy E. Prescott
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In response to an increasing risk of property loss from wildfires at the urban–wildland interface, there has been growing interest around the world in the plant characteristics of urban gardens that can be manipulated to minimize the chances of property damage or destruction. To date, considerable discussion of this issue can be...
Author(s): Brad R. Murray, Leigh J. Martin, Colin Brown, Daniel W. Krix, Megan L. Phillips
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Absher and Vaske conducted a mail survey of rural landowners in heavily forested counties along the Front Range of Colorado. They asked questions designed to measure respondents’ trust in (1) the information that the Forest Service provided regarding forest fires, and (2) the agency’s competency in responding to fires and conducting...
Author(s): Josh McDaniel
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Smoke Science Plan (SSP) was built upon personal interviews and an extensive web-based needs identification with scientists, fire managers, and air quality managers using online questionnaires (Riebau and Fox 2010a, 2010b). It is structured around four themes, which are conceptualized as complementary investigative areas to...
Author(s): Allen R. Riebau, Douglas G. Fox, Cindy Huber
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
There is much interest in the role of insurance in encouraging homeowners to mitigate wildfire risk to their properties. For example, the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition characterizes the insurance industry as a 'nontraditional stakeholder' that 'may reduce future wildfire-related insurance claims by educating homeowners on...
Author(s): James R. Meldrum, Christopher M. Barth, Patricia A. Champ, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Lilia C. Falk, Travis Warziniack
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Communicator's Guide for Wildland Fire Management introduces ways of communicating about wildland fire issues so we have a basic framework to reach mutual objectives of protecting people and natural resources. This Communicator's Guide is designed to help you address the key elements of effective communication: who says what to whom...
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Management or Planning Document

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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).