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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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This study introduces a large fire containment strategy that builds upon recent advances in spatial fire planning, notably the concept of potential wildland fire operation delineations (PODs). Multiple PODs can be clustered together to form a “box” that is referred as the “response POD” (or rPOD). Fire lines would be built along the...
Author(s): Yu Wei, Matthew P. Thompson, Jessica R. Haas, Gregory K. Dillon, Christopher D. O'Connor
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The purpose of this thesis is to determine how wildland fire and forest planning are integrated during forest plan revisions. Specifically, three overarching questions are answered: 1) what is the decision-making framework used in fire and forest planning?, 2) how are National Forests planning for wildland fire management?, and 3)...
Author(s): Hailey Graf
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
The lightning-ignited Lolo Peak fire in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness was discovered on July 12, 2017, burning in an area of high tree mortality and rugged terrain. During the field trip, which was held as part of the May 2018 Fire Continuum Conference, managers, scientists, a county sheriff, and a property owner guided 41...
Author(s): Linda Mutch
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
This Research Brief summarizes findings of a Joint Fire Science Program project focused on understanding radio communications as part of risk communication and sensemaking in wildland fire operations. Through observation of live and simulated radio conversations, analysis of training materials, and interviews with a variety of...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Rebekah L. Fox, Elena Gabor, David Thomas, Jennifer Ziegler
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Recent research has indicated that firefighters are at elevated suicide risk. Fire service organizations have called for research to examine fire service subgroups that might be at relatively increased suicide risk. Although anecdotal reports suggest that wildland firefighters represent one such group, to our knowledge, no study has...
Author(s): Ian H. Stanley, Melanie A. Hom, Anna R. Gai, Thomas E. Joiner
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The capacity of wildland fire science and technology in Canada is not keeping pace with the growing complexity of wildland fire. Fire seasons are becoming longer, fire events are becoming more severe, and experts predict that the area burned on an annual basis could double by the end of this century. However, wildfire research...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In 2017, the NFFF began the process of conducting a wide-scale needs assessment to identify vulnerabilities, attitudes, and intervention opportunities related to wildland firefighter health and safety. A survey was broadly disseminated, and six regional listening sessions were held to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to...
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
In the western United States and elsewhere, the need to change society’s relationship with wildfire is well-recognized. Suppressing fewer fires in fire-prone systems is promoted to escape existing feedback loops that lead to ever worsening conditions and increasing risks to responders and communities. Our primary focus is how to...
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Donald G. MacGregor, Christopher J. Dunn, David E. Calkin, John Phipps
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This article examines findings from a 2016 study on gender and leadership within the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS), Canada. The study utilised action research to facilitate an in-depth conversation among wildland firefighters about gender and leadership, and to explore participant-derived actions steps within the BCWS...
Author(s): Rachel Reimer, Christine Eriksen
Year Published: 2018
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Purpose – This paper aims to focus on research regarding organizational learning (OL) and knowledge management (KM), and to specifically investigate whether OL has been conceptually absorbed by KM. Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on 16,185 articles from the Scopus and ISI Web of Science databases, using...
Author(s): Delio Ignacio Castaneda, Luisa Fernanda Manrique, Sergio Cuellar
Year Published: 2018
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).