National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

Introduction to Dead Fuel Moisture

RT-130 Decorative banner. Group of photos depicting wildland firefighters performing various duties.

Learn about dead fuel moisture and it's importance in wildland fire.
Category: Fire-Environment
Core Component(s): Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned
Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 11:32



Evaluate how dead fuel moisture affects firefighters at the local and national level. This conversation may also include how fire managers base staffing levels both locally and nationally on dead fuel moistures.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions relevant to the location and agency.

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the critical dead fuel moisture levels in your area? What about neighboring areas?
  2. What factors influence dead fuel moistures in your local area?
  3. Does your home unit monitor dead fuel moistures? Who is responsible for monitoring dead fuel moistures? Are they posted for local staff and incoming resources to see?
  4. When local dead fuel moisture approaches or hits critical levels, does it affect suppression staffing levels at your home unit? How does this affect you as a firefighter?


Video Information

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