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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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Wildland fire managers are increasingly embracing risk management principles by being more anticipatory, proactive, and “engaging the fire before it starts”. This entails investing in pre-season, cross-boundary, strategic fire response planning with partners and stakeholders to build a shared understanding of wildfire risks and...
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Benjamin Gannon, Michael D. Caggiano, Christopher D. O’Connor, April Brough, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day, Joe H. Scott
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An important aspect of predicting future wildland fire risk is estimating fire weather-weather conducive to the ignition and propagation of fire-under realistic climate change scenarios. Because the majority of area burned occurs on a few days of extreme fire weather, this task should be able to resolve fire weather extremes. In...
Author(s): Piyush Jain, Mari R. Tye, Debasish Paimazumder, Michael D. Flannigan
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The wildland-urban interface (WUI) occurs at the intersection of houses and undeveloped wildlands, where fire is a safety concern for communities, motivating investment in planning, protection, and risk mitigation. Because there is no operational definition of WUI based on where fires in fact have occurred, I used fire occurrences...
Author(s): Brice B. Hanberry
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Recent data show that fire concentration is becoming rather predominant in Southern European areas. Specifically, 2017–2018 were some of the worst years on record for fires in Europe. We conduct a survey among households in order to understand citizens' preferences towards fire prevention programs in Spain, aiming to reduce the...
Author(s): Maria Alló, Maria L. Loureiro
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for co-occurring wildfires pose health threats to people around the globe. Along with the direct impacts of wildfires, exposure to fine particulate matter (PM 2.5)—pollution composed of small inhalable particles with diameters of 2.5 micrometers or smaller—from wildfire smoke is a...
Author(s): Francisca N. Santana, Stephanie L. Fischer, Marika O. Jaeger, Gabrielle Wong-Parodi
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire presents a growing threat across the American West. We conducted an online choice experiment in Western Colorado to assess how social interactions affect wildfire mitigation decisions through two distinct pathways: risk interdependency (neighbors’ conditions affect perceived wildfire risk) and social norms (neighbors’...
Author(s): Katherine L. Dickinson, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Greg Madonia, Nicholas Flores
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are increasingly common in the United States, the result of climate change, altered wildfire regimes, and expanding residential development in close proximity to wildland vegetation. Both suppression expenditures and damages are increasing as a result. Accelerating wildfire losses have been observed in other countries as...
Author(s): Miranda H. Mockrin, Hilary Fishler, Susan I. Stewart
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a growing threat in the western US, driven by high fuel loads, a warming climate, and rising human activity in the wildland urban interface. Diverse stakeholders must collaborate to mitigate risk and adapt to changing conditions. Communication strategies in collaborative efforts may be most effective if they align with...
Author(s): Joel Hartter, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Mark J. Ducey, Angela Boag, Jonathan D. Salerno, Nils D. Christoffersen, Paul T. Oester, Michael W. Palace, Forrest R. Stevens
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Policy approaches to rangelandfiremanagement may be most effective if they seek to utilize a full suite of options, including promoting the social and economic wellbeing of working ranches. One avenue for this includesthe administration of federal permits livestock producers depend on for their annual forage needs. Permits include...
Author(s): Dennis Becker, Chloe B. Wardropper, Katherine Wollstein
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Increases in burned area across the western US since the mid‐1980’s have been widely documented and linked partially to climate factors, yet evaluations of trends in fire severity are lacking. Here, we evaluate fire severity trends and their interannual relationships to climate for western US forests from 1985‐2017. Significant...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2020
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).