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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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The primary theme of our study is the cost-effectiveness of fuel treatment at multiple scales, addressing the question of whether fuel treatments can be justified on the basis of saved suppression costs. Our study was designed to track the influence of a dollar invested in fuel treatments on final fire outcomes, and to quantify this...
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Karen L. Riley, Dan R. Loeffler, Jessica R. Haas
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Wildfires play an integral role in forest ecosystems of western North America. In an attempt to measure the level and value of ecosystem damage caused by wildfires, papers employing nonmarket valuation techniques-stated preference, revealed preference, and combined methods-are reviewed. A systematic review of results shows a portion...
Author(s): Ranjit S. Bawa
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Increasing costs of wildfire management have highlighted the need to better understand suppression expenditures and potential tradeoffs of land management activities that may affect fire risks. Spatially and temporally descriptive data is used to develop a model of wildfire suppression expenditures, providing new insights into the...
Author(s): Michael S. Hand, Matthew P. Thompson, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Early applications of wilderness economic research demonstrated that the values of natural amenities and commodities produced from natural areas could be measured in commensurate terms. To the surprise of many, the economic values of wilderness protection often exceeded the potential commercial values that might result from resource...
Author(s): Thomas P. Holmes, Jeffrey Englin, J. M. Bowker, Evan Hjerpe, John B. Loomis, Spencer Phillips, Robert Richardson
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Effective wildfire management requires significant institutional organization, a skilled workforce, facilities, and equipment. Sustaining sufficient wildfire response capacity is critical to both agencies and communities that are affected by fire. Because fire suppression is seasonal work and demands vary considerably from year to...
Author(s): Heidi Huber-Stearns, Cassandra Moseley, Autumn Ellison
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Large airtanker use is widespread in wildfire suppression in the United States. The current approach to nationally dispatching the fleet of federal contract airtankers relies on filling requests for airtankers to achieve suppression objectives identified by fire managers at the incident level. In general, demand is met if resources...
Author(s): Crystal S. Stonesifer, David E. Calkin, Matthew P. Thompson, Keith Stockmann
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This report examines recent wildfires in the United States, summarizing their frequency, trends, and costs. It documents the increase in large wildfires and shows their concentration in western states. Cost and budget issues linked to wildfires are also examined. The report recommends ways to reduce the frequency and costs of...
Author(s): Vera Brusentsev, Wayne Vroman
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This study examines the production and efficiency of wildland fire suppression effort. We estimate the effectiveness of suppression resource inputs to produce controlled fire lines that contain large wildland fires using stochastic frontier analysis. Determinants of inefficiency are identified and the effects of these determinants...
Author(s): Hari Katuwal, David E. Calkin, Michael S. Hand
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In Montana, USA, there are substantial opportunities for mechanized thinning treatments on public forests to reduce the likelihood of severe and damaging wildfires and improve forest health. These treatments produce residues that can be used to generate renewable energy and displace fossil fuels. The choice modeling method is...
Author(s): Tyron J. Venn, Nathaniel Anderson, Robert M. Campbell
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The price of wildfire has never been higher. Why? And what can local communities do about it? One way to measure the price of wildfire is the dollars spent on suppression alone. In 1995, fire made up 16 percent of the U.S. Forest Service’s annual appropriation budget; in 2015, wildfire consumed more than 50 percent of the...
Author(s): Stephen R. Miller, Thomas Wuerzer, Jaap Vos, Eric Lindquist, Molly Mowery, Tyre Holfeltz, Brian Stephens, Alexander Grad
Year Published: 2016
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).