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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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Fire historically occurred across the sagebrush steppe, but little is known about how patterns of post-fire fuel accumulation influence future fire in Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis) communities. To quantify change in fuel composition and structure in intact sagebrush ecosystems, we sampled 17 years...
Author(s): Schyler A. Reis, Lisa M. Ellsworth, J. Boone Kauffman, David W. Wrobleski
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire and ecological researchers use empirical and semi-empirical modeling systems to assess fire behavior and danger. This technical note describes the firebehavioR package, a porting of two fire behavior modeling systems, Crown Fire Initiation and Spread and a Rothermel-based framework, to the R programming language. We...
Author(s): Justin P. Ziegler, Chad M. Hoffman, William E. Mell
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Altered fire regimes can drive major and enduring compositional shifts or losses of forest ecosystems. In western North America, ponderosa pine and dry mixed‐conifer forest types appear increasingly vulnerable to uncharacteristically extensive, high‐severity wildfire. However, unburned or only lightly impacted forest stands that...
Author(s): Jonathan D. Coop, Timothy J. DeLory, William M. Downing, Sandra L. Haire, Meg A. Krawchuk, Carol Miller, Marc-Andre Parisien, Ryan B. Walker
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Firebrands generated from structures are known to be a source of rapid flame spread within communities in large outdoor fires, such as wildland-urban (WUI) fires, and urban fires. It is important to better understand firebrand generation mechanism to prevent structure ignitions by firebrands. Though the wind plays an important role...
Author(s): Sayaka Suzuki, Sam Manzello
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Prescribed fire is often used by land managers as an effective means of implementing fuel treatments to achieve a variety of goals. Smoke generated from these activities can put them at odds with air quality regulations. We set out to characterize the emission tradeoff between wildfire and prescribed fire in activity fuels from...
Author(s): Joshua C. Hyde, Eva K. Strand
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Previous attempts to identify the environmental factors associated with firefighter entrapments in the United States have suggested that there are several common denominators. Despite the widespread acceptance of the assumed commonalities, few studies have quantified how often entrapments actually meet these criteria. An analysis of...
Author(s): Wesley G. Page, Patrick H. Freeborn, Bret W. Butler, William Matt Jolly
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are a major natural hazard, causing substantial damage to infrastructure as well as being a risk to lives and homes. An understanding of their progression and behaviour is necessary to reduce risks and to develop operational management strategies in the event of an active fire. Many empirical fire-spread models have been...
Author(s): Andrea Massetti, Christoph Rüdiger, Marta Yebra, J. E. Hilton
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Despite major advances in numerical weather prediction, few resources exist to forecast wildland fire danger conditions to support operational fire management decisions and community early-warning systems. Here we present the development and evaluation of a spatial fire danger index that can be used to assess historical events,...
Author(s): William Matt Jolly, Patrick H. Freeborn, Wesley G. Page, Bret W. Butler
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In grassy ecosystems of south‐eastern Australia, fire maintains richness of native forbs. It is commonly thought that fire promotes regeneration indirectly by reducing competition for light and providing gaps for recruitment, rather than directly stimulating germination. However, physiological dormancy and morphophysiological...
Author(s): Joshua A. Hodges, Jodi N. Price, Dale G. Nimmo, Lydia K. Guja
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The persistence of wildlife species in fire‐prone ecosystems is under increasing pressure from global change, including alterations in fire regimes caused by climate change. However, unburned islands might act to mitigate negative effects of fire on wildlife populations by providing habitat in which species can survive and...
Author(s): Jasper Steenvoorden, Arjan J. H. Meddens, Anthony Martinez, Lee J. Foster, W. Daniel Kissling
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).