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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 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 Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

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About 70 percent of the volume and surface area of spruce-fir logging slash lies below the mid-depth of the slash. Material 0 to 1 centimeter in diameter was distributed vertically in the same proportions as all other material. Old slash in the first 20 centimeters above the ground contained a higher proportion of large material...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1970
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This Note presents observations on a little-known mode of tree-bole ignition by lightning in which a fire-setting discharge partially superimposes its furrow upon an older lightning soar and causes ignition in the older injury.
Author(s): Alan R. Taylor
Year Published: 1969
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Porosity (expressed as the ratio of air space surrounding plant material to surface area of plant material) was determined for a low forage producing community of cheatgrass. Porosity averaged 12.5 cm.^/cm.2- and correlated closely with weight per square meter. Estimation of porosity from weight per unit of ground area is a...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1969
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Studies in 12- to 15- year- old western larch stands at Coram Experimental Forest in northwestern Montana show that condition of the seedbed at the time of seedling establishment strongly influences seedling development. Larch regenerates abundantly, grows rapidly, and becomes dominant where prescribed burning or mechanical...
Author(s): Wyman C. Schmidt
Year Published: 1969
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Information about a fire's perimeter is a prerequisite for the control of large fires, whether caused by nuclear war, lightning, or man's carelessness. Visual aerial reconnaissance is usually limited by smoke. Location of a fire's perimeter with respect to surrounding terrain is difficult to determine at night by visual means. The...
Author(s): Stanley N. Hirsch
Year Published: 1968
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The Sundance Fire on September 1, 1967, made a spectacular run of 16 miles in 9 hours and destroyed more than 50,000 acres. This run became the subject of a detailed research analysis of the environmental, topographic, and vegetation variables aimed at reconstructing and describing fire phenomena. This report details the fire's...
Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1968
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Prescribed fire has been used in the forests of the Intermountain West since 1910. It is employed for site preparation for planting or seeding, hazard reduction, livestock range and wildlife habitat improvement, cover type conversion, and insect or disease control. The major advantage of fire for all these objectives is its low cost...
Author(s): William R. Beaufait
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Temperatures in a large natural fuel test fire were measured with bare, shielded aspirated, and shielded unaspirated chromel-alumel thermocouples. With the bare thermocouples, values of 2650 F. were recorded--much higher than most previously published data from field and laboratory wood fires. Soil temperatures were consistent with...
Author(s): Charles W. Philpot
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
In 1961 the National Science Foundation awarded grants to Washington State University and the Northern Forest Fire Laboratory of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station to further a joint study of the mechanisms of fire spread in wildland fuels. The combined efforts of the two research groups encompass theoretical...
Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The original program objectives were to develop and test a heat-sensitive system capable of: (1) locating small fires, (2) mapping fire perimeters, and (3) measuring rates of fire spread. The usefulness of infrared mappers was to be examined by surveillance of fire sources in forest environments. The capability for locating fire...
Author(s): Ralph A. Wilson, Nonan V. Noste
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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