S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior

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Course Description

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.

Course Objective:

  • 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.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

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

Course 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 or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:

Crew Boss, Single Resource (CRWB), Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB), Felling Boss, Single Resource (FELB), Fire Effects Monitor (FEMO), Firing Boss, Single Resource (FIRB), Heavy Equipment Boss, Single Resource (HEQB), and Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB).

Course Recommended For:

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

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior.

Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

Associated Position Task Books

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