S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, 2010

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S-290 is available via two delivery methods (online and ILT), either of which is sufficient for student completion. This is a classroom-based skills course designed to prepare the prospective fireline supervisor to undertake safe and effective fire management operations. It is the second course in a series that collectively serves to develop fire behavior prediction knowledge and skills. Fire environment differences are discussed as necessary; instructor should stress local conditions.


  • Identify and describe the characteristics of fuels, weather, and topography that influence wildland fire behavior.
  • Describe the interaction of fuels, weather, and topography on wildland fire behavior, fireline tactics, and safety.
  • Describe the causes of extreme fire behavior conditions (long range spotting, crowning, and fire whirls) that develop due to weather, fuels, and/or topography.
  • Interpret, communicate, apply, and document wildland fire behavior and weather information.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as any single resource boss or Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO). 


S-290 is available as either Online training or classroom instructor-led training.

Online Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online training15
Instructor-led trainingN/A
Total Hours15


Instructor-led Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work2
Pre-selection assessment3
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours37

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-290 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Successful completion of S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

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