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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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315 results

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
Burning characteristics of backfires, headfires, and no-wind fires in fuel beds of ponderosa pine needles were compared at the Northern Forest Fire Laboratory. Data gathered under controlled laboratory conditions indicate that fires backed into the wind (backfires) consistently burn slower, longer, and deeper than fires burned with...
Author(s): William R. Beaufait
Year Published: 1965
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Two tables prepared for use with the National Fire-Danger Rating System replace 10 tables previously used with the Model-8 Fire-Danger Rating System. They provide for the conversion of Spread Index values at various altitudes, aspects, and times of day. A rate of spread table facilitates converting Spread Index values to chains per...
Author(s): Dwight S. Stockstad, Richard J. Barney
Year Published: 1964
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Changeover from use of the Intermountain Model-8 Burning Index Meter to use of the Spread Index of the National Fire-Danger Rating System required a comparative analysis of both systems. This note describes a program written in SPS to calculate various indexes of both systems on an IBM 1620 computer.
Author(s): Richard J. Barney
Year Published: 1964
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Problems being encountered in implementing fire prevention programs were explored by studying the organization for fire prevention at the Fish Lake, Uinta, and Wasatch National Forests in Utah. The study focused on role congruency in fire prevention activities and on the social and organizational obstacles to effective programs. The...
Author(s): V. J. Schaefer
Year Published: 1957
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The main purpose of this publication is to summarize the most important aspects of fire behavior as we now know them. The author recognizes that there are still many unknowns in the behavior of forest and range fires. These unknowns will be the targets of future research. In the meantime it is important that the best available...
Author(s): Jack S. Barrows
Year Published: 1951
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
On August 21, 1937, the tragic Blackwater Fire caused the death of 15 firefighters, burning approximately 1,700 acres of National Forest System lands on the Shoshone National Forest, near Cody, Wyoming. An electrical storm occurred in the general vicinity of Blackwater Creek on Wednesday, August 18th causing a fire, which was not...
Author(s): Erle Kauffman
Year Published: 1937
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
[Excerpt from text] Measurements of meteorological conditions prevailing during the rapid spread of forest fires are greatly needed so that when their recurrence seems probable, fire weather forecasters may issue warnings of the danger.
Author(s): George M. Jemison
Year Published: 1932
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
[Excerpted from text] It is not often that a large forest fire occurs conveniently near a weather station specially equipped for measuring forest-fire weather. The 13,000-acre Quartz Creek fire on the Kaniksu National Forest during the summer of 1936 was close enough to the Priest River Experimental...
Author(s): Harry T. Gisborne
Year Published: 1927
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Mark Finney, Research Forester, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, presents an overview fire behavior during the Hayman Fire at the Hayman Fire Science Symposium: Lessons Learned After Ten Years of Recovery, Rehabilitation, & Restoration on June 21, 2012.
Type: Media : Video

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