FIRE 290 : S-290 Intermediate Wildfire Behavior

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S-290 Inter. Wildfire Behavior



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FIRE 100.


Prepares the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. Second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary; instructor should stress local conditions. This is an NWCG certified course.

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes are those of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

1. Identify and describe the characteristics of fuels, weather, and topography that influence wildland fire behavior.
2. Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior, fireline tactics, and safety.
3. Describe the causes of extreme fire behavior conditions (long range spotting, crowning, and fire whirls) that develop due to weather, fuels, and/or topography.
4. Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.

Content outline

• Introduction
• The Fire Environment
• Topographic Influences on Wildland Fire Behavior
• Fuels
• Basic Weather Processes
• Temperature and Humidity Relationships
• Atmospheric Stability
• Wind Systems
• Keeping Current with the Weather
• Observing the Weather
• Fuel Moisture
• Extreme Wildland Fire Behavior
• Gauging Fire Behavior and Guiding Fireline Decisions

Required materials

All material is provided to the student.

Grading methods

Students are assessed by exercises, quizzes and a final exam.

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