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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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Increases in Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) have been hypothesized as the primary driver of future fire changes. The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) models agree that western U.S. surface temperatures and associated dryness of air as defined by the VPD will increase in the 21st century for representative...
Author(s): Steven J. Brey, Elizabeth A. Barnes, Jeffrey R. Pierce, Abigail L. S. Swann, Emily V. Fischer
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
A recent numerical simulation study by Moinuddin et al. (2018) determined that over a specific range of Froude numbers defined by them as ‘plume mode’, grass fuel height has a strong inverse effect on the rate of fire spread in grasslands. They then suggested that a relationship for effect of fuel height derived from their...
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz, Andrew L. Sullivan, James S. Gould
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The public health emergency associated with the 2019–20 bushfires in Australia was a wake-up call to increase the resilience of our health systems to respond to climate extremes. We must combine our understanding of predictions of extreme weather events with our knowledge on emergency preparedness and response to protect the health...
Author(s): Aparna Lal, Mahomed Patel, Arnagretta Hunter, Christine Phillips
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Post‐fire shifts in vegetation composition will have broad ecological impacts. However, information characterizing post‐fire recovery patterns and their drivers are lacking over large spatial extents. In this analysis we used Landsat imagery collected when snow cover (SCS) was present, in combination with growing season (GS) imagery...
Author(s): Melanie K. Vanderhoof, Todd J. Hawbaker, Andrea Ku, Kyle E. Merriam, Erin Berryman, Megan E. Cattau
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland firefighters are repeatedly exposed to elevated levels of wildland fire smoke (WFS) while protecting lives and properties from wildland fires. Studies reporting personal exposure concentrations of air pollutants in WFS during fire suppression or prescribed burn activities have been geographically limited to the western and...
Author(s): Chieh-Ming Wu, Chi Song, Ryan Chartier, Jacob Kremer, Luke P. Naeher, Olorunfemi Adetona
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) growth and yield model is widely used throughout the United States, but recent studies have reported unexpectedly large bias for some regional model variants. Here we propose a general framework for model evaluation, designed to highlight model strengths and weaknesses and inform calibration...
Author(s): Benjamin A. Bagdon, Trung H. Nguyen, Anthony Vorster, Keith Paustian, John L. Field
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Context: Proximity of landcover elements to each other will enable or constrain fire spread. Assessments of potential fire propagation across landscapes typically involve empirical or simulation models that estimate probabilities based on complex interactions among biotic and abiotic controls. Objectives: We developed a metric of...
Author(s): Jennifer L. Beverly, Neal McLoughlin, Elizabeth Chapman
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Emissions from a stand replacement prescribed burn were sampled using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS, or 'drone') in Fishlake National Forest, Utah, U.S.A. Sixteen flights over three days in June 2019 provided emission factors for a broad range of compounds including carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), nitric oxide (NO),...
Author(s): Johanna Aurell, Brian K. Gullett, Amara L. Holder, F. Kiros, William Mitchell, Adam C. Watts, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
US fire scientists are developing Potential Wildfire Operational Delineations, also known as ‘PODs’, as a pre-fire season planning tool to promote safe and effective wildland fire response, strengthen risk management approaches in fire management and better align fire management objectives. PODs are a collaborative planning approach...
Author(s): S. Michelle Greiner, Courtney Schultz, Chad Kooistra
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire is increasing in frequency and size in the western United States with climate change and invasive species such as cheatgrass. This increase is also causing an increase in the need for restoration techniques, especially in low-elevation, arid shrublands. Sagebrush shrublands are home to the threatened Gunnison sage-grouse...
Author(s): Madeline N. Grant-Hoffman, Heidi L. Plank
Year Published: 2021
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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