This is a report on an analysis of 36,000 forest fires in the northern Rocky Mountains. The analysis was made to gain a better understanding of the occurrence, behavior, control, and effects of fires, and in turn to obtain essential information required for improved planning and management of fire protection systems. The results present answers to these questions: 1) What is the magnitude of the regional fire problem? 2) What are the basic features of fire behavior under various topographic, fuel, and weather conditions? 3) What have been the results of organized fire control programs including fire prevention, detection, communication, transportation, and suppression action? and 4) What special factors are of outstanding importance?
Barrows, J. (1951). Forest fires in the northern Rocky Mountains. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Research Paper RM-28, 252 pp.