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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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Assessing wildfire risk presents several challenges due to uncertainty in fuel flammability and ignition potential. Live fuel moisture content (LFMC) - the mass of water per unit dry biomass in vegetation - exerts a direct control on fuel ignitability, fuel availability and fire spread, and is thus an important parameter in...
Author(s): Krishna Rao, A. Park Williams, Jacqueline Fortin Flefil, Alexandra G. Konings
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
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
Field measurements of surface dead fine fuel moisture content (FFMC) are integral to wildfire management, but conventional measurement techniques are limited. Automated fuel sticks offer a potential solution, providing a standardised, continuous and real-time measure of fuel moisture. As such, they are used as an analogue for...
Author(s): Jane G. Cawson, Petter Nyman, Christian Schunk, Gary J. Sheridan, Thomas J. Duff, Kelsy E. Gibos, William D. Bovill, Marco Conedera, Gianni B. Pezzatti, Annette Menzel
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: Fire in forested wildland urban interface (WUI) landscapes is increasing throughout the western United States. Spatial patterns of fuels treatments affect fire behavior, but it is unclear how fire risk and fuel treatment effectiveness will change under future conditions. Objectives: (1) How do area burned, forest and fuel...
Author(s): Kristin H. Braziunas, Rupert Seidl, Werner Rammer, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Land treatments in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas are highly visible and subject to public scrutiny and possible opposition. This study examines a contested vegetation treatment-Forsythe II-in a WUI area of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. An initial phase of the research found vocal opposition to Forsythe II...
Author(s): Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Jody L. Jahn, Eric A. Vance, Juan Ahumada
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
COVID-19 has complicated wildfire management and public safety for the 2020 fire season. It is unclear whether COVID-19 has impacted the ability of residents in the wildland–urban interface to prepare for and evacuate from wildfire, or the extent to which residents feel their household’s safety has been affected. Several areas with...
Author(s): Catrin Edgeley, Jack T. Burnett
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Monte Carlo simulations using wildland fire spread models have been conducted to produce numerical estimates of fire likelihood, project potential fire effects, and produce event sets of realistic wildfires (Parisien et al., 2019). The application of these methods has greatly expanded over the last few decades as a result of...
Author(s): Marc-Andre Parisien, Alan A. Ager, Ana M. G. Barros, Denyse A. Dawe, Sandy Erni, Mark A. Finney, Charles W. McHugh, Carol Miller, Sean A. Parks, Karen L. Riley, Karen C. Short, Christopher A. Stockdale, Xianli Wang, Ellen Whitman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Environmental decision-making requires an understanding of complex interacting systems across scales of space and time. A range of statistical methods, evaluation frameworks and modeling approaches have been applied for conducting structured environmental decision-making under uncertainty. Bayesian Decision Networks (BDNs) are a...
Author(s): Trent D. Penman, Brett Cirulis, Bruce G. Marcot
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large-scale, high-severity wildfires are a major challenge to the future social-ecological sustainability of fire-adapted forest ecosystems in the American West. Managing forests to mitigate this risk is a collective action problem requiring landowners and stakeholders within multi-ownership landscapes to plan and implement...
Author(s): Susan Charnley, Erin C. Kelly, A. Paige Fischer
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In many fire-prone watersheds, wildfire threatens surface drinking water sources with eroded contaminants. We evaluated the potential to mitigate the risk of degraded water quality by limiting fire sizes and contaminant loads with a containment network of manager-developed Potential fire Operational Delineations (PODs) using...
Author(s): Benjamin Gannon, Yu Wei, Matthew P. Thompson
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).