RX-510, Advanced Fire Effects

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Course Description

RX-510, Advanced Fire Effects, is a science-based course designed to support the integration of fire effects knowledge into land management programs. The course emphasizes the importance of considering fire effects in the design, implementation and monitoring of planned fire treatments over multiple spatial and temporal scales. In addition, many of the principles covered can be used to integrate fire effects in support of the wildfire decision-making process. This course recognizes that planning and implementing the use of fire in any capacity are independent activities, and provides opportunities for the burn boss and planner to work together. The course is an intensive session that provides college-level lectures, case studies, discussion groups, and testing procedures throughout the week. Instructors include agency and university scientists, agency resource specialists, and fire practitioners. Students have many opportunities to interact with the faculty. To successfully complete RX-510, students are required to complete the pre-course work and attend all sessions for the entire week. Students should expect long days. Class size is limited to 84 students.

For additional course information refer to the NAFRI website at https://www.nafri.gov.

Course Objective:

RX-510 will demonstrate the application of science-based fire effects knowledge in planning, implementing, evaluating and communicating the use of wildland fire to meet ecologically based land management objectives.

  • Translate broad ecological information into goals and objectives for the management of wildland fire to meet resource objectives.
  • Incorporate short-term and long-term fire effects information into planning and implementation for the management of wildland fire to meet resource objectives.
  • Provide examples and discuss methods for monitoring and evaluating fire effects.
  • Apply the adaptive management process to refine a program for the management of wildland fire to meet resource objectives.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work8-12
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training40
Total Hours48-52

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for RX-510 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

None.

Course Recommended For:

This course supports the knowledge and skills needed for Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, other Single Resource Bosses, prescribed fire manager, and Strategic Operational Planner and other positions that plan and implement complex decisions at multiple scales in fire management. RX-510 curriculum is primarily developed for wildfire operations personnel and fire practitioners.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of RX-310, Introduction to Fire Effects, and S-390, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations. Successful completion of pre-course reading and development of a brief project for presentation in the peer learning groups.

Associated Position Task Books

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Functional Area: 
Prescribed Fire
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Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2018-11-09

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