National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Long Term Fire Analyst

LTAN decorative banner: photos depicting LTAN position. LTAN Position Description: Provides probabilistic and deterministic information on long-term fire advancement, fire behavior, and spread direction, based on local information, topography, historic and current fire spread, and with historic and current fire weather data.

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The Long Term Fire Analyst (LTAN) is responsible for collecting weather data, developing strategic and tactical fire behavior information, predicting fire growth, and interpreting fire characteristics for use by incident overhead. An LTAN may provide leadership for other assigned LTANs. The LTAN reports to the Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN), Situation Unit Leader (SITL), or Planning Section Chief (PSC) and works in the Plans functional area.

The Forest Service and Department of Interior are enabled by Administratively Determined Pay Plans (AD Pay Plans) to hire persons for temporary duration for the following reasons:

  1. To cope with a sudden and unexpected emergency caused by a fire, or extreme fire potential, flood, storm, or any other all-hazard emergency that threatens damage to federally protected property, has the potential to cause loss of life, serious injury, public health risk, or damage to natural or cultural resources unless brought under immediate control.
  2. To provide emergency assistance to States under formalized agreements.
  3. To meet mission assignments issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Business Committee (IBC) reviews positions annually and establishes pay rate classifications for each position.

For more information on the AD Pay Plans, go to

Dec 2021

Added: Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.

Jun 2011

Added: Intermediate Fire Danger Rating System (S-491) as Required Training.

Jun 2010

Jun 2009

Updated: LTAN training requirements were modified to include S-495, replacing S-492 and S-493.

Jan 2000

Position created.


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