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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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Strong, sustained, southwesterly winds were a major factor in the Sundance Fire run in northern Idaho during which the fire front raced 16 miles northeastward within a 9-hr. period on September 1, 1967. These winds were found to be dependent upon an unusually strong summertime pressure gradient ahead of an approaching trough,...
Author(s): Arnold I. Finklin
Year Published: 1973
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Predicted rates of fire spread using a mathematical model were consistently greater but in reasonably close agreement with rates observed on test fires in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir slash. Fuel loading, bulk density, particle density, particle surface-to-volume ratio, heat content, total plant salt content, silica-free salt,...
Author(s): James K. Brown
Year Published: 1972
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This study was undertaken to determine the thermal properties of, and the pyrolysis products from, western cottonwood (Populus trichocavya) and two of its major components: cellulose and xylan. The modifications due to treatment of the wood and its components with an acid and alkali were also documented. Differential thermal...
Author(s): Charles W. Philpot
Year Published: 1971
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This work was undertaken because of a mutual interest of the Department of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), and the USDA Forest Service in the problems of detecting hot targets against natural terrain backgrounds using airborne infrared (IR) line scanning instrumentation. The study objectives were broadly defined...
Author(s): Ralph A. Wilson, Stanley N. Hirsch, Forrest H. Madden, John B. Losensky
Year Published: 1971
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The moisture, ether extractive, and energy content of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Laws.) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii L.) foliage were measured during two fire seasons. The moisture content of l- and 2-year-old needles was found to rise throughout the summer. The ether extractive content was highest in the fir foliage...
Author(s): Charles W. Philpot, Robert W. Mutch
Year Published: 1971
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
This Note presents observations on a little-known mode of tree-bole ignition by lightning in which a fire-setting discharge partially superimposes its furrow upon an older lightning soar and causes ignition in the older injury.
Author(s): Alan R. Taylor
Year Published: 1969
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The Sundance Fire on September 1, 1967, made a spectacular run of 16 miles in 9 hours and destroyed more than 50,000 acres. This run became the subject of a detailed research analysis of the environmental, topographic, and vegetation variables aimed at reconstructing and describing fire phenomena. This report details the fire's...
Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1968
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Information about a fire's perimeter is a prerequisite for the control of large fires, whether caused by nuclear war, lightning, or man's carelessness. Visual aerial reconnaissance is usually limited by smoke. Location of a fire's perimeter with respect to surrounding terrain is difficult to determine at night by visual means. The...
Author(s): Stanley N. Hirsch
Year Published: 1968
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
In 1961 the National Science Foundation awarded grants to Washington State University and the Northern Forest Fire Laboratory of the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station to further a joint study of the mechanisms of fire spread in wildland fuels. The combined efforts of the two research groups encompass theoretical...
Author(s): Hal E. Anderson
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
The original program objectives were to develop and test a heat-sensitive system capable of: (1) locating small fires, (2) mapping fire perimeters, and (3) measuring rates of fire spread. The usefulness of infrared mappers was to be examined by surveillance of fire sources in forest environments. The capability for locating fire...
Author(s): Ralph A. Wilson, Nonan V. Noste
Year Published: 1966
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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