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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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Wildfires are a natural part of most forest ecosystems, but due to changing climatic and environmental conditions, they have become larger, more severe, and potentially more damaging. Forested watersheds vulnerable to wildfire serve as drinking water supplies for many urban and rural communities. The highly variable nature of...
Author(s): Amanda K. Hohner, Charles C. Rhoades, Paul Wilkerson, Fernando L. Rosario-Ortiz
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In subalpine forests of the western United States that historically experienced infrequent, high‐severity fire, whether fire management can shape 21st‐century fire regimes and forest dynamics to meet natural resource objectives is not known. Managed wildfire use (i.e., allowing lightning‐ignited fires to burn when risk is low...
Author(s): Winslow D. Hansen, Diane Abendroth, Werner Rammer, Rupert Seidl, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As forest fire activity increases worldwide, it is important to track changing patterns of burn severity (i.e., degree of fire‐caused ecological change). Satellite data provide critical information across space and time, yet how satellite indices relate to individual measures of burn severity on the ground (e.g., tree mortality or...
Author(s): Brian J. Harvey, Robert A. Andrus, Sean C. Anderson
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Growth‐stage optimization (GSO) offers a new approach to biodiversity conservation in fire‐prone regions by estimating the optimal distribution of vegetation growth stages that maximize a species diversity index. This optimal growth‐stage structure provides managers an operational goal explicitly linked to a positive conservation...
Author(s): Matthew P. Chick, Alan York, Holly Sitters, Julian Di Stefano, Craig R. Nitschke
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
We have read Cruz and Alexander’s comments regarding our manuscript titled ‘‘Evaluating Crown Fire Rate of Spread Predictions from Physics-Based Models’’ [1] and appreciate the opportunity to respond to their comments. In our original manuscript [1], we presented an evaluation of crown fire rate of spread predictions from two...
Author(s): Chad M. Hoffman, J. Ziegler, R. R. Linn, J. Canfield, W. Mell, Carolyn Hull Sieg, F. Pimont
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this paper, we develop a systems dynamics model of a coupled human and natural fire-prone system to evaluate changes in wildfire response policy. A primary motivation is exploring the implications of expanding the pace and scale of using wildfires as a forest restoration tool. We implement a model of a forested system composed of...
Author(s): Matthew P. Thompson, Yu Wei, Christopher J. Dunn, Christopher D. O'Connor
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Many nonlinear phenomena, whose numerical simulation is not straightforward, depend on a set of parameters in a way which is not easy to predict beforehand. Wildland fires in presence of strong winds fall into this category, also due to the occurrence of firespotting. We present a global sensitivity analysis of a new sub-model for...
Author(s): Andrea Trucchia, Vera N. Egorova, Gianni Pagnini, M. C. Rochoux
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Although fire is an intrinsic factor in most terrestrial biomes, it is often perceived as a negative disturbance that must be suppressed. The application of successful fire prevention policies can lead to unsustainable fire events for ecosystems adapted to a specific fire regime. In addition, new climate and land use scenarios are...
Author(s): Daniel Moya, Giacomo Certini, Peter Z. Fule
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are natural disturbances in the western United States. Managing the resulting stands of dead and dying trees requires balancing conflicting priorities. Although these trees provide wildlife habitat and salvage logging revenue, they also pose public safety hazards. One criticism of salvage logging is that forest managers...
Author(s): Sharon M. Hood, Sheri L. Smith, Renate Bush, Maurice Huynh
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Coordinated approaches to wildfire risk mitigation strategies that cross-ownership and management boundaries are found in many policies and programs worldwide. The 'all lands' approach of the United States (US) National Cohesive Strategy, for example, attempts to address the mismatches between biophysical risk and the social...
Author(s): Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Cody Evers, Alan A. Ager
Year Published: 2019
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).