National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RX-510, Advanced Fire Effects, N/A

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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.

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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.

Target Group

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,


  • 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.

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-510 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 8-12
Pre-selection assessment N/A
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 40
Total Hours 48-52

Course Level


Minimum Instructor Qualifications

This course is managed by a National Steering Committee. Nationally recognized subject matter experts and practitioners serve as instructors in this course.

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


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