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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 2,200 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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154 results

The moisture content of dead fuels is an important determinant of many aspects of bushfire behaviour. Understanding the relationships of fuel moisture with weather, fuels and topography is useful for fire managers and models of fuel moisture are an integral component of fire behaviour models. This paper reviews research into dead...
Author(s): Stuart Matthews
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Synthesis, Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Designing woody fuel sampling methods that quickly, accurately and efficiently assess biomass at relevant spatial scales requires extensive knowledge of each sampling method's strengths, weaknesses and tradeoffs. In this study, we compared various modifications of three common sampling methods (planar intercept, fixed-area microplot...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Kathy L. Gray
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
As part of a recent synthesis addressing fuel management in dry, mixed-conifer forests, we analyzed more than 5,000 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots, a probability sample that represents 33 million acres of these forests throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and extreme northern California. We relied on the...
Author(s): Jeremy S. Fried, Theresa B. Jain, Jonathan Sandquist
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCS) is a software module that records wildland fuel characteristics and calculates potential fire behavior and hazard potentials based on input environmental variables. The FCCS 3.0 is housed within the Integrated Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (Joint Fire Science Program...
Author(s): Susan J. Prichard, David V. Sandberg, Roger D. Ottmar, Ellen Eberhardt, Anne Andreu, Paige C. Eagle, Kjell Swedin
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Consequences of bark beetle outbreaks for forest wildfire potential are receiving heightened attention, but little research has considered ecosystems with mixed-severity fire regimes. Such forests are widespread, variable in stand structure, and often fuel limited, suggesting that beetle outbreaks could substantially alter fire...
Author(s): Daniel C. Donato, Brian J. Harvey, William H. Romme, Martin Simard, Monica G. Turner
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Widespread outbreaks of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) in the lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud. var. latifolia Engelm.) forests of North America have produced stands with significant levels of recent tree mortality. The needle foliage from recently attacked trees typically turns red within...
Author(s): Wesley G. Page, Michael J. Jenkins, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fuel Loading Models (FLMs) and Fuel Characteristic Classification System (FCCSs) fuelbeds are used throughout wildland fire science and management to simplify fuel inputs into fire behavior and effects models, but they have yet to be thoroughly evaluated with field data. In this study, we used a large dataset of Forest Inventory and...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Jason M. Herynk, Chris Toney, Shawn P. Urbanski, Duncan C. Lutes, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fuels are important to fire managers because they can be manipulated to achieve management goals, such as restoring ecosystems, decreasing fire intensity, minimizing plant mortality, and reducing erosion. However, it is difficult to accurately measure, describe, and map wildland fuels because of the great variability of...
Author(s): Robert E. Keane, Kathy L. Gray, Valentina Bacciu, Signe B. Leirfallom
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Declining forest health attributed to associations between extensive bark beetle-caused tree mortality, accumulations of hazardous fuels, wildfire, and climate change have catalyzed changes in forest health and wildfire protection policies of land management agencies. These changes subsequently prompted research to investigate the...
Author(s): Michael J. Jenkins, Wesley G. Page, Elizabeth G. Hebertson, Martin E. Alexander
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Very little is known about how foliar moisture and chemistry change after a mountain pine beetle attack and even less is known about how these intrinsic foliar characteristics alter foliage ignitability. Here, we examine the fuel characteristics and ignition potential of Pinus contorta (lodgepole pine) foliage during the early...
Author(s): William Matt Jolly, Russell A. Parsons, Ann M. Hadlow, Greg M. Cohn, Sara S. McAllister, John B. Popp, Robert M. Hubbard, Jose F. Negron
Year Published: 2012
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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Research and Publications Database

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).