National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RX-301, Prescribed Fire Implementation, 2009

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Rx-341 and Rx-301 will be combined into one class under a new title: Rx-300, in the near future.
Rx-341 and Rx-301 will remain available for at least six months after Rx-300 is available.


This course is designed to introduce students to the tools and techniques used to perform in the role of a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss. The course material is based on the tasks found in the position task book for Prescribed Fire Burn Boss. It leads the student through the duties and responsibilities associated with the position of the prescribed fire burn boss including evaluation and implementation of a prescribed fire plan.


  • Provide students with the information needed to successfully review a prescribed fire burn plan for technical accuracy and implement a prescribed burn.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as a Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB) and Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).
  • S-390, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations.
  • Proficient in the use of BehavePlus.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.
  • Students desiring to take both RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation, and RX-301, Prescribed Fire Implementation will benefit from taking RX-341 first.

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.



RX-301 is available as classroom instructor-led training.  For information on the approved combined delivery option of RX-301 and RX-341, see OTC Concurrence of RX-301 and RX-341 Delivery Recommendations.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work N/A
Pre-selection assessment 2
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 24
Total Hours 26

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead and unit instructors must be qualified as Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

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

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Dates:

  • None


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