National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-300, Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Refresher, N/A

RT-300 Decorative banner: Three photos of wildland fire prescribed fire operations. A firefighter walks along igniting the dry grasses using a drip torch. Two firefighters discuss operations while looking at a map on the hood of a truck. A fire boss points west while two firefighters look and listen.

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This refresher is intended to update qualified and trainee Prescribed Fire Burn Bosses at all complexity levels on current issues and recent developments related to prescribed fire while reinforcing existing skills and knowledge.

Use training and reference materials to review and discuss:

Core Topics

  • Prescribed fire risk management, prescribed fire escapes, and hazard mitigations.
  • Prescribed fire successes and how to repeat them.
  • Innovations in prescribed fire planning and implementation.
  • Fire behavior modeling.
  • Smoke management requirements, modeling improvements, and techniques.
  • National, regional, and local prescribed fire policy updates and issues of importance to prescribed fire practitioners.

Suggested Additional Topics

  • Prescribed fire related SAFECOMs and SAFENETs.
  • Changes or updates to agency-specific requirements.
  • Regional, state, local air quality issues (non-attainment, regional haze rule, exceptional events, etc.).
  • Fire effects monitoring.
  • Fire ecology.

Target Group

Qualified and trainee Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1, 2, and 3 (RXB1, RXB2, RXB3)

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training


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.



RT-300 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 4
Total Hours 4

Recommended Resources

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead Instructor: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).
Unit Instructors: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2), trainee acceptable.

Adjunct instructors may be utilized to provide limited instruction in specialized knowledge and skills at the discretion of the lead instructor. They must be experienced, proficient and knowledgeable of current issues in their field of expertise.

Instructors must have the knowledge and skills to utilize current educational technology.

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


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