Alaska Reference Database

The Alaska Reference Database originated as the standalone Alaska Fire Effects Reference Database, a ProCite reference database maintained by former BLM-Alaska Fire Service Fire Ecologist Randi Jandt. It was expanded under a Joint Fire Science Program grant for the FIREHouse project (The Northwest and Alaska Fire Research Clearinghouse). It is now maintained by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium and FRAMES, and is hosted through the FRAMES Resource Catalog. The database provides a listing of fire research publications relevant to Alaska and a venue for sharing unpublished agency reports and works in progress that are not normally found in the published literature.

 

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Spot fires caused by lofted embers (i.e., firebrands) can be a significant factor in the spread of wildland fires. Embers can be especially dangerous near the wildland urban interface (WUI) because of the potential for the fire to be spread near or...

Person: Blunck, Butler, Bailey, Wagenbrenner
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

During wildland fires, firebrands form once they break off of burning vegetation or structures. Many are then lofted into the fire plume where they are transported long distances ahead of the fire front, igniting new “spot” fires as they land. To date...

Person: Caton-Kerr, Tohidi, Gollner
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Generation of firebrands from various fuels has been well-studied in the past decade. Limited details have been released about the methodology for characterizing firebrands such as the proper sample size and the measurement process. This study focuses...

Person: Hedayati, Bahrani, Zhou, Quarles, Gorham
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Each year, fires in the wildland-urban interface (WUI)—the place where homes and wildlands meet or intermingle—have caused significant damage to communities. To contribute to firefighter and public safety by reducing the risk of structure ignition,...

Person: Takahashi
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Heuristic approaches to problem solving, commonly called rules of thumb, employ practical, quick, in the moment, methods that are not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable in every situation but sufficient for most decision making situations,...

Person: Cruz, Alexander
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Media
Source: FRAMES

Spot fires caused by lofted embers (i.e. firebrands) can be a significant factor in the spread of wildfires. Embers can be especially dangerous near the wildland-urban interface (WUI) because of the potential for the fire to be spread near or on...

Person: Hudson, Blunck
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Wildfires and events that follow such as flooding and erosion are natural disturbances in many ecosystems. However, when these types of postfire events threaten life, property, and resources they become a concern for resource managers, communities, and...

Person: Driscoll, Friggens
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Prescribed burning is a widely used tool in forest and grassland management. However, because fire that escapes from a prescribed burn accidentally may cause property damage, injuries, and even human casualties, purchasing insurance to cover such...

Person: Parajuli, Joshi, Poudyal, Kreuter
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Recent decades have witnessed an escalation in the social, economic, and ecological impacts of wildfires worldwide. Wildfire losses stem from the complex interplay of social and ecological forces at multiple scales, including global climate change,...

Person: Schumann, Mockrin, Syphard, Whittaker, Price, Johnson-Gaither, Emrich, Butsic
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES

Direct flame contact, radiant heat, and burning firebrands (or embers) have been identified as three principal ways that cause fire spread in the wildland and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). However, only burning firebrands can initiate a new spot fire...

Person: Zhou, Quarles, Weise
Year: 2019
Resource Group: Document
Source: FRAMES