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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 4,000 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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The first few years of the 21st century brought a series of unprecedented natural disturbances to the southwestern U.S. A severe drought, later tagged as a “global change type drought,” triggered the mortality of 1,000 of native trees. For some species, such as the ponderosa pine, the drought was especially lethal due to high tree...
Author(s): Carolyn Hull Sieg, Rodman Linn, F. Pimont, Chad M. Hoffman, Joel D. McMillin, Judith Winterkamp, L. Scott Baggett
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With climate-driven increases in wildfires in the western U.S., it is imperative to understand how the risk to homes is also changing nationwide. Here, we quantify the number of homes threatened, suppression costs, and ignition sources for 1.6 million wildfires in the United States (U.S.; 1992-2015). Human-caused wildfires accounted...
Author(s): Nathan Mietkiewicz, Jennifer Balch, Tania L. Schoennagel, Stefan Leyk, Lise A. St. Denis, Bethany A. Bradley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Contingency firelines can be used to back up primary lines to increase probability of fire containment, decrease fire losses, and improve firefighter safety. In this study, we classify firelines into primary, contingency, and response lines. We design a modeling process to iteratively implement a mixed integer programming model to...
Author(s): Yu Wei, Matthew P. Thompson, Erin J. Belval, Benjamin Gannon, David E. Calkin, Christopher D. O'Connor
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Regulation of building standards and residential development practices in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is increasingly advocated as a possible avenue for wildfire risk reduction. However, many documented instances of successful wildfire adaptation occur in incorporated communities with local governments or formalized...
Author(s): Catrin Edgeley, Travis B. Paveglio, Daniel R. Williams
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Despite evident advances in knowledge and understanding concerning the application of prescribed burning for delivering benefits in wildfire control and a variety of sociocultural, economic and environmental outcomes, the practical application of prescribed burning in Australia is increasingly administratively and logistically...
Author(s): Jeremy Russell-Smith, Lachlan McCaw, Adam J. Leavesley
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Land managers often need to predict watershed-scale erosion rates after disturbance or other land cover changes. This study compared commonly used hillslope erosion models to simulate post-fire sediment yields (SY) at both hillslope and watershed scales within the High Park Fire, Colorado, U.S.A. At hillslope scale, simulated SY...
Author(s): Stephanie Kampf, Benjamin Gannon, Codie Wilson, Freddy A. Saavedra, Mary Ellen Miller, Aaron Heldmyer, Ben Livneh, Peter A. Nelson, Lee H. MacDonald
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large conflagrations of informal settlements occur regularly, leaving thousands of people homeless daily and taking tens of thousands of lives annually. Over the past few years, a large amount of data has been collected from a number of full-scale informal settlement fire experiments. This paper uses that data with a semi-...
Author(s): Antonio Cicione, Lesley Gibson, Colleen Wade, Michael Spearpoint, Richard Walls, David Rush
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Potential impacts of soil temperatures in a post-fire environment were examined for seeds of legume species with a physical seed dormancy typically found in the eucalypt communities in eastern Australia. Soil temperatures in a post-fire environment may be elevated owing to increased solar radiation and this may influence germination...
Author(s): Sarah J. Hill, Tony D. Auld
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Smoke and Roadway Safety Guide provides wildland fire personnel the tools and methods to effectively plan and forecast for roadway smoke impacts and to monitor, respond to, and mitigate smoke on roadways to reduce the risk to the public and fire personnel. This publication: •Outlines a sequential process which readers may...
Author(s): Gary M. Curcio, David Mueller, Peter Lahm, Mark Fitch, Joshua C. Hyde
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Globally, savanna ecosystems are shifting outside of “safe operating spaces” due to removal of their primary self-reinforcing feedback—fire—and subsequent erosion of disturbance legacies. Restoring savannas will require reinstating fire feedbacks. But knowledge gaps in the nature of historic fire regimes and how mechanisms such as...
Author(s): Caleb P. Roberts, Victoria M. Donovan, Sarah M. Nodskov, Emma C. Keele, Craig D. Allen, David A. Wedin, Dirac Twidwell
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).