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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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The prescribed burner has numerous tools at his/her disposal to start fire. Ground ignition devices continue to be developed and refined and include a wide range of options from kitchen matches to state-of-the-art hand-held 'ping-pong ball' launchers. This fact sheet describes many of these devices and includes a table to summarize...
Author(s): Dale D. Wade
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Moisture is the overriding factor governing fuel flammability. It determines whether ignition will take place and to what depth the forest floor will be consumed. If one uses enough torch mix, he/she can ignite the immediate area, but if fuel moisture is much above 22% in pine litter or 16% in hardwood litter, a headfire is...
Author(s): Dale D. Wade
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
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
A research silviculturist's work is firmly grounded in the scientific method to acquire knowledge on forest dynamics. They also integrate information from numerous sources to produce new knowledge not readily identified by single studies. Results and interpretation subsequently provide the scientific foundation for developing...
Author(s): Theresa B. Jain
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large areas of federal lands in the western states are currently at high risk of severe wildfire and have many insect and disease problems, indicating a significant decline in forest health and resilience. Although research studies have not been done that would measure whether actively managed forests are more resilient to wildfires...
Author(s): Jay O'Laughlin
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
We develop the idea of risk transmission from large wildfires and apply network analyses to understand its importance on a 0.75 million ha US national forest. Wildfires in the western US frequently burn over long distances (e.g., 20-50 km) through highly fragmented landscapes with respect to ownership, fuels, management intensity,...
Author(s): Alan A. Ager, Michelle A. Day, Mark A. Finney, Ken W. Vance-Borland, Nicole M. Vaillant
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The term 'backfire' refers to a commonly used method for prescribed burning in which the igniter sets a line of fire that slowly backs into the wind. This technique should not be confused with the colloquial use of the term 'backfire' for 'suppression fire,' which refers to any fire set ahead of a wildfire in an attempt to stop it.
Author(s): Dale D. Wade
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Achieving natural resource objectives typically requires the application of periodic fire because fire is truly THE ECOLOGICAL IMPERATIVE! But how does one measure success or failure? Determining how close a fire came to meeting your objective(s) is a difficult but crucial part of every burn evaluation and is not always immediately...
Author(s): Dale D. Wade
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Managers and policy-makers across broad disciplines and organizations are calling for a better understanding of public opinion on natural resource issues. One such issue is that of fire and its role in the management of our forests and rangelands. Public perceptions of fuel reduction techniques, with a particular emphasis on using...
Author(s): Stacey S. Frederick
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Dissertation or Thesis
Thinning is a common silvicultural treatment being widely used to restore different types of overstocked forest stands in western U.S. because of its effect on changing fire behavior. Typically, thinning is applied at the stand level using prescriptions derived from sample plots that ignore variability in tree sizes and location...
Author(s): Marco A. Contreras, Woodam Chung
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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