RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation, 2009

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The purpose of RX-341, Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation, is to provide students with the skills/knowledge to prepare a prescribed fire plan for technical review and approval in accordance with the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide, PMS 484.


  • Describe prescribed fire planning policies and guidelines.
  • Identify and describe the processes involved in preparing a prescribed fire plan.
  • Develop and defend a prescribed fire plan that safely meets management objectives.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2). Other positions that would benefit from the course are Firing Boss (FIRB) and Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO). Additionally, agencies, organizations, or personnel who are involved in the preparation, implementation, or review of prescribed fire plans, such as air regulators, fire ecologist, landowners, prescribed fire consultants, fire planners, and others, may also benefit from the course.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Successful completion of S-390, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations.
  • Proficient in the use of BehavePlus.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.
  • In addition to the above:
    • Fire personnel must be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).
    • Resource personnel must have knowledge of fire suppression principles and techniques.
  • 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

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found on the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). 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-341 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 ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment2
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours34

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

  • All instructors must have prescribed fire plan writing and technical review experience.
  • Lead instructor 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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