National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RX-310, Introduction To Fire Effects, 2017

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This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and fire effects, the effects of fire treatments on fire effects, and to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired fire effects. In an effort to maintain the currency and relevancy of the course materials for RX-310, Introduction to Fire Effects the instructional design has been modified to allow instructors to develop materials based on current information, changing technologies, and the needs of the students.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of fire as an ecological process using the concepts of fire regimes and first order fire effects at multiple scales.
  • Identify realistic management solutions in an adaptive management framework.
  • Communicate effectively with fire and resource professionals based on a common understanding of first order fire effects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how fire management related resource issues interact.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to manipulate treatments to achieve desired first order fire effects.

Target Group

Fire and resource specialists involved in fire related decision-making. Interdisciplinary team resource advisors or prescribed fire crew member working toward burn boss, or other prescribed fire positions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Working knowledge of fire behavior.
  • Understanding of basic ecological principles.
  • 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.



RX-310 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 2
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 30-34
Total Hours 32-36

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

All instructors should have familiarity working with fire management programs and a thorough understanding of fire effects as it applies to their specialty.

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


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