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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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Global wildfire activity has experienced a dramatic surge since 2017. From Chile to Indonesia, unprecedented fire behavior has occurred in many areas worldwide including, but not limited to, Portugal, Siberia, Australia, the Amazon and Orinoco basins, and the Western US. This surge in global wildfire activity has led to a dramatic...
Author(s): Víctor Resco de Dios, Rachael H. Nolan
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We appreciate Hutto’s call to promote positive ecological outcomes by recognizing diverse forest fire ecologies. Nevertheless, we continue to argue that restoration treatments are appropriate in the approximately 17 million ha of forest in the western US that historically burned every 40 years or less (Rollins 2009). Given ongoing...
Author(s): Scott L. Stephens, Anthony L. Westerling, Matthew D. Hurteau, M. Zachariah Perry, Courtney Schultz, Sally Thompson
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The intersection of expanding human development and wildland landscapes—the “wildland–urban interface” or WUI—is one of the most vexing contexts for fire management because it involves complex interacting systems of people and nature. Here, we document the dynamism and stability of an ancient WUI that was apparently sustainable for...
Author(s): Christopher I. Roos, Thomas W. Swetnam, T. J. Ferguson, Matthew J. Liebmann, Rachel A. Loehman, John R. Welch, Ellis Q. Margolis, Christopher H. Guiterman, William C. Hockaday, Michael J. Aiuvalasit, Jenna Battillo, Josh Farella, Christopher A. Kiahtipes
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The destruction of forest cover by wildfires has important consequences on the stability of forest ecosystems. It is well recognized that forests play a key role in regulating the hydrological cycle by modifying rainfall interception and evapotranspiration but also affecting hydrological and erosion responses of the soil surface....
Author(s): Paolo Porto, Giovanni Callegari
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is a growing global concern for rural and urban areas [1]. Statistics show that the intensity and negative consequences of wildfire have increased in recent decades creating serious challenges for fire and emergency services, as well as communities in the wildland-urban interface [2,3,4]. As an example, 85 people lost their...
Author(s): Xilei Zhao, Ruggiero Lovreglio, Erica D. Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Although ecological disturbances can have a strong influence on pollinators through changes in habitat, virtually no studies have quantified how characteristics of wildfire influence the demography of essential pollinators. Nevertheless, evaluating this topic is critical for understanding how wildfire is linked to pollinator...
Author(s): Sara M. Galbraith, James H. Cane, James W. Rivers
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The unprecedented 2015 wildfire season in northern Saskatchewan, Canada resulted in the largest evacuation in the province's history. The depiction of such environmental hazards in the news media is one mechanism that can, even inadvertently, reinforce historical and contemporary social inequalities through its discursive...
Author(s): Heidi M. Walker, Maureen G. Reed, Amber J. Fletcher
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fires transform soil microbial communities directly via heat-induced mortality and indirectly by altering plant and soil characteristics. Emerging evidence suggests the magnitude of changes to some plant and soil properties increases with burn severity, but the persistence of changes varies among plant and soil characteristics,...
Author(s): Jaron Adkins, Kathryn M. Docherty, Jessica L.M. Gutknecht, Jessica R. Miesel
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire refugia—locations that burn less severely or less frequently than surrounding areas—support late-successional and old-growth forest structure and function. This study investigates the influence of topography and fuels on the probability of forest fire refugia under varying fire weather conditions. We focused on recent large...
Author(s): Garrett W. Meigs, Christopher J. Dunn, Sean A. Parks, Meg A. Krawchuk
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

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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).