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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 2,900 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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Analyses to identify and relate trends in wildfire activity to factors such as climate, population, land use or land cover and wildland fire policy are increasingly popular in the United States. There is a wealth of US wildfire activity data available for such analyses, but users must be aware of inherent reporting biases,...
Author(s): Karen C. Short
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Fire is natural in sagebrush (Artemisia L.) communities. In this study, we quantify effects of time since last burn (TSLB) on shrub cover over a 70-year (yr) fire chronosequence. We sampled mountain big sagebrush communities with very large-scale aerial (VLSA) imagery and measured sagebrush, antelope bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata...
Author(s): Corey A. Moffet, J. Bret Taylor, D. Terrance Booth
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Reference ecological conditions offer important context for land managers as they assess the condition of their landscapes and provide benchmarks for desired future conditions. State-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) are commonly used to estimate reference conditions that can be used to evaluate current ecosystem conditions...
Author(s): Kori Blankenship, Leonardo Frid, James L. Smith
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dry forests at low elevations in temperate-zone mountains are commonly hypothesized to be at risk of exceptional rates of severe fire from climatic change and land-use effects. Their setting is fire-prone, they have been altered by land-uses, and fire severity may be increasing. However, where fires were excluded, increased fire...
Author(s): William L. Baker
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildland fire is an important disturbance agent in the western US and globally. However, the natural role of fire has been disrupted in many regions due to the influence of human activities, which have the potential to either exclude or promote fire, resulting in a "fire deficit" or "fire surplus", respectively. In this study, we...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Carol L. Miller, Marc-Andre Parisien, Lisa M. Holsinger, Solomon Z. Dobrowski, John T. Abatzoglou
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
With support from the U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, and Joint Fire Science Program, I have written a fire history of America from 1960 to 2013. The project will result in two books. Between Two Fires: A Fire History of Contemporary America relates the basic narrative. To the Last Smoke assembles anthologies of...
Author(s): Stephen Pyne, Heidi Neeley
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Theory suggests that natural fire regimes can result in landscapes that are both self-regulating and resilient to fire. For example, because fires consume fuel, they may create barriers to the spread of future fires, thereby regulating fire size. Top-down controls such as weather, however, can weaken this effect. While empirical...
Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Carol L. Miller, Cara R. Nelson
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Accurate assessment of changing fire regimes is important, since climatic change and people may be promoting more wildfires. Government wildland fire policies and restoration programmes in dry western US forests are based on the hypothesis that high-severity fire was rare in historical fire regimes, modern fire severity is...
Author(s): Mark A. Williams, William L. Baker
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire in western U.S. federally managed forests has increased substantially in recent decades, with large (>1000 acre) fires in the decade through 2012 over five times as frequent (450 percent increase) and burned area over ten times as great (930 percent increase) as the 1970s and early 1980s. These changes are closely linked...
Author(s): Anthony L. Westerling, Timothy J. Brown, Tania L. Schoennagel, Thomas W. Swetnam, Monica G. Turner, Thomas T. Veblen
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
We demonstrated the utility of digital fire atlases by analyzing forest fire extent across cold, dry, and mesic forests, within and outside federally designated wilderness areas during three different fire management periods: 1900 to 1934, 1935 to 1973, and 1974 to 2008. We updated an existing atlas with a 12,070,086 ha recording...
Author(s): Penelope Morgan, Emily K. Heyerdahl, Carol L. Miller, Aaron M. Wilson, Carly E. Gibson
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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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).