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NRFSN Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter contains information on new fire-related research products and publications, tools and resources for managers, upcoming events, audio/visual media recordings, and more. To submit an article to the NRFSN newsletter, please contact us.

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Current Issue: May 2024

  • New paper on post-fire vegetation shifts
  • Introduction to the Fire Weather Alert System (FWAS) mobile app
  • NRFSN to host All Exchange Meeting
  • RMRS Fire Lab Corner
  • Events, webinars, and news
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Traditional Knowledge and Fire Newsletter

This semi-annual newsletter shares news, events, management tools and applications, research, and more related to TK and fire and fuels management in the Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. To submit content to TK and Fire, email us at

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Current Issue: August 2023

  • Shout-outs
  • Videos and Past Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Storymaps/Information-Sharing Tools
  • News
  • Blogs/Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Additional Events and Resources
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Cultural Burn during the Karuk Indigenous Women's TREX. October, 2022. Orleans, CA. Burners in photo (left to right):  Louisa McCovey & Marlene Dusek.  Photo Credit: Ferin Anderson, Supervisor of Environmental Sciences, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Past Issues


April 2024

  • 7th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
  • New paper on fire suppression
  • Recent webinar on the impacts of climate and wildfire on western larch regeneration
  • Introducing the RiskMonitor Framework
  • NRFSN to host All Exchange Meeting
  • RMRS Fire Lab Corner
  • Events, webinars, and news

March 2024

  • NRFSN Staff Transitions 
  • Upcoming webinar: Impacts of climate and wildfire on western larch regeneration 
  • NRFSN & RMRS Connected Science Factsheet reaches the White House 
  • Register for the 7th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference 
  • New StoryMap: Wilderness and Fire 
  • Subscribe to our Tribal Knowledge & Fire Newsletter


August 2023

  • JFSP Funding Opportunities 
  • Wilderness Fire Science Workshop Presentations 
  • USFS Releases National Prescribed Fire Resource Mobilization Strategy 
  • Northwest Portion of LandFire 2022 Now Available
  • Managed Wildfire: A Research Synthesis and Overview
  • Updates to Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy Released
  • Dr. David Calkin Receives IAWF Ember Award
  • JFSP Welcomes Molly Hunter as Science Advisor
  • JFSP Welcomes Coleen Haskell as Program Manager

May 2023

  • Upcoming Wilderness Fire Science Workshop
  • New Story Map Describes How to Use IFTDSS for Burn Plans
  • New Webinar Recordings: Fire and Wildlife, Short-interval high-severity reburns, and Landscape Fuel Treatment Effectiveness
  • New WildfireSAFE App Improves Firefighter and Public Safety
  • Wildland Fire Histomap - Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future
  • New USGS Wildland Fire Trends Tool
  • PCAST Releases Report on Modernizing Wildland Firefighting through Science and Technology
  • Congratulations to the 2022 AFE Award Winners
  • USFS Social Scientist Sarah McCaffrey Retires

February 2023

  • Upcoming Webinars on Wildfire Effects on Wildlife
  • Webinar: Short-interval high-severity reburns change the playing field for forest recovery
  • Check Out the New NRFSN Website
  • Analyzing 10 Years of Firefighter Safety and Wellbeing
  • Whitebark Pine Listed as Threatened under ESA
  • NICC Wildland Fire Summary and Statistics Annual Report 
  • NRFSN Coordinator to Fire Lab
  • USFS Program Manager Tim Sexton Retires
  • You May Have Missed our NRFSN September Newsletter

September 2022 TK and Fire

  • Shout-outs
  • Videos and Past Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Storymaps/Information-Sharing Tools
  • News
  • Blogs/Newsletters
  • Additional Events and Resources

September 2022

  • New Research Briefs - Reburns and Post-Fire Regen
  • Wildland Firefighter Health Hot Topic and Webinars
  • USFS Prescribed Fire Review
  • "High Five" Special Journal Issue and Proceedings
  • MT Forest Action Plan RFP Now Open
  • NSF Wildland Fire Science Planning Proposals
  • Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission
  • Changes in NRFSN Leadership
  • Tribute to Steve Arno

May 2022

  • Wildland Firefighter Health Webinar Series
  • Field Trip - Rx Fire in Lodgepole Ecosystems
  • Webinar - North American Tree-Ring Fire-Scar Network
  • RMRS Fire Management Tools Roundup
  • LANDFIRE Update
  • Wilderness Fire Management Survey
  • Wildfire Lessons Learned Center Celebrates 20 Years
  • Rothermel Fire Spread Model Turns 50
  • NPS Intermountain Region Staff Updates

March 2022

  • New IFTDSS Story Map
  • New Research Brief on Invasive Species
  • Upcoming Webinar: Fire Weather and Decision-making
  • Upcoming Field Trip - Rx Fire in Mixed Severity Regimes
  • Wilderness Fire Science Spotlight
  • The FireEarth Project
  • Post-fire Tree Mortality Story Map
  • IAWF Fire and Climate Conference
  • AFE Fire Across Boundaries Conference

December 2021

  • The Evolution of Wilderness Fire Management
  • Salvage Science Summit 2: Technology and Ecology
  • New Research Briefs
  • NRFSN Survey: Help Us Set Priority Topics & Activities
  • Wildfire Communication Guide
  • Integrating Wildfire Into Forest Landscape Management
  • Fire Research at the Science-Policy-Practitioner Interface
  • Carol Miller Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

September 2021

  • New Research Briefs - Resilience, Fuel Treatments
  • Joint Fire Science Program Updates
  • Fire Season Resources
  • Fall Conference Updates
  • Update
  • SKC Launches Natural Resources M.S. Degree Program
  • Journal Fire Seeking Submissions for Special Issue
  • Mike DeGrosky Retires

August 2021 TK and Fire

  • Videos and Past Webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Storymaps/Information-Sharing Tools
  • News
  • Blogs
  • Shout-outs
  • Additional Events and Resources

July 2021

  • JFSP Funding Opportunity Announcements
  • Fire Prediction Products from NICC
  • Risk Management Assistance Dashboard for Fire Events
  • LANDFIRE Releases Updated Fuels and Vegetation Data
  • IAWF Workforce Resilience Ignite Talk Series
  • Northern Rockies Fire Season Outlook
  • Wildland Fire Tract at Upcoming SAF Conference
  • Announcements and Awards
  • In the News
  • Skype-a-Scientist

May 2021

  • Salvage Science Series
  • Watch the presentations from the Crown Fire Forum
  • New Burn Severity Data Portal
  • New: IFTDSS Compares Weather Scenarios
  • COVID-19 Resources for Wildland Fire
  • Fireline Podcast
  • Women Working on Wildfires, a Storymap
  • Montana Forest Action Plan Funding Announcements
  • Northern Rockies May-August Fire Potential Outlook
  • Register for the IAWF Virtual Conference May 24-27
  • Peter Robichaud Receives Jim Sedell Research Achievement Award

March 2021

  • Upcoming Workshop: Fire in the Crown of the Continent
  • Share Your Feedback - NRFSN Participants Survey
  • Fire Science and Management Podcasts
  • What's New in IFTDSS?
  • IAWF Wildland Fire Safety Summit & Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference
  • 2020 National Prescribed Fire Use Report
  • USGS Wildland Fire Strategic Plan
  • New Issue of Fire Management Today
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station Updates and Awards

February 2021 TK and Fire

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Storymaps/Information-Sharing Tools
  • News
  • Blogs
  • Shout-outs
  • Additional Events and Resources

December 2020

  • New Research Briefs
  • New "Hot Topic" Webpages
  • Potential Operational Delineations (PODs) Storymap
  • WildfireSAFE App
  • COVID-19 Incident Risk Assessment Tool
  • NWCG Smoke and Safety Guide
  • Joint Vision on Benefits of Prescribed Fire to Wildfire
  • Most Promising Scientist Award
  • 2020 Fire Season "In the News"

July 2020

  • Lessons from Wilderness Fire Video
  • Prescribed Fire Video
  • Traditional Knowledge and Fire Newsletter
  • High Five Conference and Crown Fire Forum Updates
  • Invasive Species Science Update
  • COVID-19 Wildland Fire Resource Pages
  • JFSP Funding Opportunity Announcements NOW OPEN
  • Association for Fire Ecology Updates
  • NRFSN Staffing Update National and Regional Staffing Updates
  • Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Potential Outlook

June 2020 TK and Fire

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Storymaps
  • News
  • Blogs
  • Shout-outs
  • Additional Events and Resources

May 2020

  • Wildfire Risk to Communities Website
  • Montana Wildfire Risk Assessment Resources
  • Exposure Analysis Available in IFTDSS
  • NPS Wildland Fire Program News Links
  • High Five Conference Management Scholarships
  • JFSP Forecasted Funding Opportunity Announcement
  • JFSP Announces 2020 GRIN Recipients
  • New JFSP Program Manager Announced
  • NRFSN Staffing Update
  • Bob Keane Retires
  • Monica Turner Receives ESA Award
  • New Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Manager
  • Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Potential Outlook

March 2020

  • Post-Fire Tree Regeneration Products  
  • New Traditional Knowledge & Fire Newsletter
  • Crown of the Continent Fire Forum
  • H5II - Conference on High Elevation Five Needle Pines
  • Idaho Prescribed Fire Council in Development
  • Story Map Features Interagency Monitoring Application
  • LANDFIRE 2016 Remap Data Now in IFTDSS
  • Northern Rockies 2019 Wildfire Season Summary

October 2019

  • JFSP 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcements Open
  • Joint Fire Science Program: Resources on
  • Upcoming Workshops: Learning About Resilient Futures
  • Sign Up for New Traditional Knowledge & Fire Newsletter
  • Map your Values in IFTDSS: The Next Step toward Exposure Analysis and Quantitative Wildfire Risk Assessment (Coming Soon!)  
  • FlamMap 6.0 Updates
  • WindNinja Updates  
  • A Guide for Firefighters and their Families
  • Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards
  • NRFSN -  Summer 2019 Events
  • 2019 Fire Season - Numbers to Date
  • NRFSN Staff Updates
  • Regional Staff Updates

June 2019

  • Upcoming NRFSN Field Trips / Workshops
  • Wildland Fire Danger Rating System Updates 
  • Spring 2019 Pre-Season Primer - Useful Links
  • NRCC Releases June Outlook for 2019 Fire Season
  • Take Survey: Fire Effects Information System
  • Wyoming Statewide Prescribed Fire Council Established
  • Mark Finney Receives Ember Award from IAWF
  • Former District Ranger and Wilderness Champion Passes
  • Staff Update

April 2019

  • Save the Date!  Upcoming NRFSN Field Trips / Workshops
  • NRFSN Spring 2018 Webinars 
  • New NRFSN Research Briefs
  • JFSP Funding Opportunity Announcements Open
  • Montana Joins Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
  • Byron Bonney Receives Wildfire Mitigation Award
  • At a Glance: RMRS Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • New Staff Changes

November 2018

  • IFTDSS Version 3.1.1 Released
  • Fuel Treatment Effectiveness Monitoring (FTEM)
  • New Report: Finding Common Ground on Fire in the West 
  • NRFSN - New Web Resources
  • National Park Service Fire Website Updated
  • Sparking Community Conversations through Art 
  • NRFSN - Fall 2018 Events
  • NRFSN - Needs Assessment 
  • Staffing Update (Wildland Fire Management RD&A)

July 2018

  • Save the Date - Upcoming Events in ID and MT!
  • InciWeb Public Website Redesign 
  • Community Mitigation Assistance Teams
  • Advanced Fire Environment Learning Unit
  • Risk Management Assistance Teams
  • Communicating Fire Science with Art
  • 2018 Fire Continuum Conference
  • Spring 2018 NRFSN Events​​

April 2018

  • NRFSN Field Trips, Workshops, and Webinars
  • How Are We Doing? Please Take Our Survey
  • Fire Continuum Conference Update
  • IRMA: National Park Service Data and Publications Online
  • RMRS Research Data Archive
  • JFSP GRIN Funding Opportunity Now Open
  • At a Glance - The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
  • Fire Lab Researchers Receive Paul Gleason Award

February 2018

  • Upcoming NRFSN Workshops and Field Trip
  • Fire Continuum Conference - Workshops and Field Trips
  • Fire Continuum Conference - Registration Scholarships
  • Videos Highlight Wilderness Fire Science and Management
  • Updates to BehavePlus
  • New IFTDSS Version Released
  • LANDFIRE Website Gets a Makeover
  • Input Wanted: Sagebrush Ecosystems Actionable Science Plan
  • Tri-County Firesafe Working Group Lead Receives National Wildfire Mitigation Award

December 2017

  • NRFSN Webinar and Video Archive is Growing!
  • Fire Continuum Conference – Field Trips & Workshops
  • Hot Topics – A New NRFSN Website Feature
  • National Cohesive Strategy Workshop – Registration Open
  • A Note from Montana DNRC: 2017 Fire Season
  • Joint Fire Science Program FY18 Funding Update
  • 2017 Fire Season - Numbers to Date

October 2017

  • Lubrecht Fuel Treatment Effects Field Trip
  • Call for Proposals: 2nd Cohesive Strategy Workshop
  • Fire Ecology and Management Congress Workshops
  • IFTDSS Version 3.0 Released
  • Montana 2017 Climate Assessment Released
  • Wilderness Fire - 45th White Cap Reunion
  • Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory Renovations
  • 2017 Fire Season - Numbers to Date
  • NRFSN New Staff Members

May 2017

  • Era of Megafires - Montana Tour
  • Save the Date - Fuel Treatment Effects Field Tour
  • A Century of Wildland Fire Research
  • 2017 Fire Outlook for the Northern Rockies
  • Meet the Montana Forest Collaborative Network
  • FireSafe Montana Launches New Website
  • National Legacy Award to Dr. Jack Cohen
  • NRFSN Coordinator Moving On

March 2017

  • Era of Megafires Multi-Media Presentation
  • Call for Post-Fire Tree Mortality Data 
  • Modifying LANDFIRE Data: Guide & Webinar
  • Fundamental Research on How Wildfires Spread
  • National Cohesive Strategy Workshop
  • FireWorks Workshop - June 15-16

January 2017

  • Whitebark Pine Workshop Recordings Available
  • Cohesive Strategy Workshop
  • Sage-Grouse Habitat Burned in 2016
  • Gender Discrimination in Wildland Fire
  • At a Glance - Southwestern Crown Collaborative
  • National Wilderness Training Center Staff Changes
  • New Lessons Learned Center Assistant Director

September 2016

  • Landscape-level Fuels Workshop
  • Wilderness Fire - Learning from the Past
  • 2nd International Smoke Symposium
  • New Releases from FEIS
  • LANDFIRE Review of Big Sagebrush Ecosystems
  • WindNinja Mobile App Available
  • 2017 JFSP Funding Opportunities
  • 2016 Yellowstone Fire Season

June 2016

  • Field Trip and Workshop - Wilderness Fire in the Bob Marshall
  • Research Brief - Wildland Fire as a Fuel Treatment
  • At a Glance - Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation
  • News - Missoula Fire Lab Scientist Transitions

May 2016

  • 2016 NR Season Wildfire Outlook
  • Interactive Community Mapping Tool
  • Smoke Symposium Call for Presentations
  • Decision Support Training Opportunities
  • FireWorks Educational Trunk - Master Class
  • Wilderness Fire Science Webinar
  • 2016 JFSP Funded Projects in the NR
  • JFSP Staffing Updates

February 2016

  • Missoula Technology & Development Center Tour
  • FEIS Now Searchable by Fire Regime
  • Travel Grants - Fire Behavior & Fuels Conference
  • Travel Grants - Collaborative Restoration Workshop
  • 2015 NR Fire Season - Final Numbers
  • 2015 Wildfire Spending
  • At a Glance - Rocky Mountains CESU

November 2015

  • Yellowstone Fire Ecology Field Tour
  • Smoke Management and Air Quality Project 
  • Interactive Tribal Connections Map
  • LANDFIRE  Reviewing Biophysical Settings
  • At A Glance - The GYCC

September 2015

  • Join Us in Yellowstone - October 1-2
  • Experimental Forests and Demonstration Areas
  • 2015 JFSP Funded Projects in the N. Rockies
  • 2016 JFSP Funding Opportunities
  • 2015 Fire Season - Numbers to Date

May 2015

  • Quadrennial Fire Review Released
  • 2015 Season Wildfire Outlook
  • Montana Water Supply Outlook
  • Search NRFSN Webinar Archive
  • The GNLCC - At a Glance

March 2015

  • FFI Interagency Monitoring Tool Updated
  • Smoke Can Influence Tornado Severity
  • Wildfire Risk and Fuel Treatment Analysis Workshop
  • Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire
  • FireWorks Educational Trunk - Master Class

January 2015

  • Wildland Fuel Fundamentals and Applications  
  • Webinar - Wildfire as a Fuel Treatment
  • Network of Fire Science Champions 2015
  • At a Glance - FRAMES
  • The Big Burn to Air on PBS

November 2014

  • Bark Beetles and Fire Featured in Science
  • Reducing Wildfire Risk to Communities
  • Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide Updated
  • LANDFIRE Offers New Course in its 10th Year
  • Safety Summit & Human Dimensions of Fire

September 2014

  • Effects of Past Fires on Fire Behavior
  • Crown Fire Behavior in Coniferous Forests
  • MTBS Announces Data Updates  
  • Fire Effects Information System — At a Glance
  • JFSP Funding Announcement for FY 2015

July 2014

  • NRFSN Resource Database is Live
  • Mountain Pine Beetle Webinar Proceedings
  • Boise Basin Field Tour - September 17
  • Cross-jurisdictional Fire Management Workshop
  • Fuel Treatment Planning and Evaluation Workshop
  • JFSP Announces Funded Projects for FY2014
  • NRFSN Receives Renewal Funding
  • MSU Fire Science Studies — At a Glance
  • Online Fire Education for Professionals at the U of I

April 2014

  • Join us at the Large Wildland Fires Conference
  • April 23 - Final Webinar of the LANDFIRE Series
  • 2014 Fire Season Outlook
  • QFR Comment Period Extended
  • Interagency Monitoring Tool: FFI-Lite
  • NPS Wildland Fire Management Manual Revised
  • Dance Teaches Fire Science
  • NRFSN Introduces New Coordinator

October 2013

  • MTBS Announces Data Updates
  • JFSP Opens 2014 Research Funding Opportunity
  • NRFSN Research Needs Survey Results
  • Human Factors and Risk Management RD&A — At a Glance
  • UI and UM Programs Receive AFE Academic Certification

June 2013

  • You're Invited! Integrated Fuel Treatment Field Trip in Idaho
  • June 5th Webinar: Economics of Fuel Treatments
  • Interactive Tools for Assessing Wildfire Costs
  • New Features in WFDSS
  • SKC Fire Science Degree Program — At a Glance
  • JFSP Highlights Discoveries and Innovations
  • New Structure Wrapping Module
  • Video: RxCadre Collaborative Fire Research

March 2013

  • Webinar Series Addresses Fuel Treatments in Mixed-Conifer Forests
  • Field Trip Invitation: Integrated Fuel Treatment in Idaho
  • UI Wildland Fire Program — At a Glance
  • New Tools from FEIS
  • Ten Years of Fire Research: The US Joint Fire Science Program
  • Dance Performance Communicates Fire Science to Students
  • "What is a Flame" Video Wins Contest

January 2013

  • FFI: An Interagency Tool for Monitoring and Data Sharing
  • Seeking Nominations for IFT-DSS Evaluation
  • New Definitions – Fire Severity and Fire Regime
  • NPS Fire Science and Ecology Program – At a Glance
  • FRAMES – A New Look and Feel
  • New JFSP Fire Science Digest on Smoke
  • JFSP Publications Available for Mobile Devices
  • JFSP Solicits Feedback on Publications
  • Behave Scientist Pat Andrews Retires
  • 2012 Fire Season and the Changing Climate

October 2012

  • Traditional Knowledge and Fire Workshop
  • Network of Fire Science Champions
  • JFSP Funding Opportunity Notices
  • WFM RDA—Who We Are and What We Do
  • Changes for NIFTT Program
  • NIFTT Tools, Online Courses, and Workshops
  • Significant Fire Year for the Northern Rockies

June 2012

  • New Research Funded by JFSP
  • NPS Updates Fire and Aviation Website
  • Online Wildland Fire Degree and Courses
  • National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis — At A Glance
  • Fire Communication Study Preliminary Results
  • Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference Available Online

April 2012

  • Welcome to the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network!
  • What We Heard During NRFSN Needs Assessment
  • JFSP Website Offers New Ways to Stay Connected
  • Missoula Fire Lab—At a Glance
  • New, Searchable Version of FEIS
  • Help Us Make Fire and Fuels Syntheses More Useful
  • Surveys Play Important Role in NRFSN Development