National Wildfire Coordinating Group

FI-210, Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination, 2016

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The primary purpose of this course is to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF). The concepts taught in this course will help an INVF perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is presented by lectures, electronic presentations, field exercises, and class discussion.


  • Perform the common roles and responsibilities of an INVF involved in an initial investigation environment.
  • Practice wildland fire investigation methods, evidence collection and documentation processes in a realistic environment.
  • Identify the laws, regulations and related court procedures associated with administrative, civil and criminal litigation processes.
  • Describe the fundamentals of investigation.
  • Know the elements of professional code of ethics.

Target Group

Recommended training for experienced fire personnel and law enforcement officers with wildland fire investigation responsibilities.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Recommend students have law enforcement or firefighter experience. An interactive, self-paced precourse work will familiarize students with the background information necessary to successfully complete the course.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



FI-210 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 1
Pre-selection assessment 1
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 36
Total Hours 38

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF) and should have actual hands-on experience to teach participants the duties of this position without regard for the type of incident.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

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