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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 2,100 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).

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Until recently, most contemporary ecologists have ignored or diminished anecdotal historical accounts and anthropologists' reports about aboriginal fire in the Great Basin. Literature review shows that Indians practiced regular use of fire for many purposes, including the obvious reasons of increasing the availability of desired...
Author(s): Kent J. McAdoo, Brad W. Schultz, Sherman R. Swanson
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Land managers of the northern Rocky Mountains and south-central U.S. are challenged with numerous social and ecological changes, many of which are linked to climate change. The work presented here focuses on two important research gaps: 1) managers do not understand public opinions toward smoke from prescribed fires (a necessary...
Author(s): Jarod Blades
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
On November 27, 2011, two wildfires - the Lethbridge Fire and the Milk River Ridge Fire - starting within approximately an hour of each other, advanced in a north-easterly direction some 12 km and 32 km, respectively, from their point of origin in a relatively short period of time. Fortunately, no lives were lost. However, a few...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander, Mark J. Heathcott, Randall L. Schwanke
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This study examined the effects of organisational, environmental, group and individual characteristics on five components of safety climate (High Reliability Organising Practices, Leadership, Group Culture, Learning Orientation and Mission Clarity) in the US federal wildland fire management community. Of particular interest were...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Brooke Baldauf McBride
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In an effort to improve organizational outcomes, including safety, in wildland fire management, researchers and practitioners have turned to a domain of research on organizational performance known as High Reliability Organizing (HRO). The HRO paradigm emerged in the late 1980s in an effort to identify commonalities among...
Author(s): Anne E. Black, Brooke Baldauf McBride
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Wildland firefighters are often called on to make tactical decisions under stressful conditions in order to suppress a fire. These decisions can be hindered by human factors such as insufficient knowledge of surroundings and conditions, lack of experience, overextension of resources or loss of situational awareness. One potential...
Author(s): Gregory K. Fryer, Philip E. Dennison, Thomas J. Cova
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire suppression in grassland systems that are adapted to episodic fire has contributed to the recruitment of woody species in grasslands worldwide. Even though the ecology of restoring these fire prone systems back to grassland states is becoming clearer, a major hurdle to the reintroduction of historic fires at a landscape scale...
Author(s): David Toledo, Michael G. Sorice, Urs P. Kreuter
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Detailed point weather forecasts are a critical component of fire management planning. Accurate hour-by-hour forecasts for your exact location are valuable when you are preparing to ignite a prescribed burn and want to compare your prescription with actual conditions. They also provide important weather documentation for your files...
Author(s): Alan J. Long, Annie Oxarart
Year Published: 2011
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Several published accounts exist of how smokejumper foreman Wag Dodge survived the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire in northwestern Montana by setting an 'escape fire' in cured grass fuels, the most notable among them being Norman Maclean's 1992 book Young Men and Fire. Two other smokejumpers survived by reaching a rockslide. Sadly, 12...
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Over the last 20 years, the duties of US fire professionals have become more complex and risk laden because of fuel load accumulation, climate change, and the increasing wildland-urban interface. Incorporation of fire use and ecological principles into fire management policies has further expanded the range of expertise and...
Author(s): Leda N. Kobziar, Monique E. Rocca, Christopher A. Dicus, Chad M. Hoffman, Neil G. Sugihara, Andrea E. Thode, J. Morgan Varner, Penelope Morgan
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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