S-390, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations, 2007

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Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must have completed S-490, Advanced Fire Behavior Calculations and be a qualified Division/Group supervisor (DIVS), Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 1 (RXB1); recommend the lead instructor be a qualified Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN).

Unit instructors must be qualified as Strike Team Leader (STCR, STEQ, STEN), Task Force Leader (TFLD), or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).

A Meteorologist is highly recommended to instruct the weather sections of this course.

See Instructor Standards Section for more information.

Certification Date:


Previous Certification Date(s):

2006-09, 1994-07, 1993-10

Course Components:

TitleNFES NumberProduct DateTypeDistributionPrevious Edition
S-390 Instructor Guide
Instructor Guide
S-390 CD-ROM Course Materials
CD Rom
S-390 Student Workbook
Student Workbook
S-390 CD-ROM Student CD
CD Rom


Several errors were found in the September 2006 version of the S-390 course. The errors have been corrected by an errata sheet. Until stock in the warehouse is depleted, all instructor guides will contain a letter and CD with the errata edits. The course materials CD ROM (NFES 2933) will be replaced and available for order by the end of April 2007; this CD will be the complete, revised package 2nd Edition, February 2007.

An error has been found on the Student CD under “Pre-Course Work Study Material” in the topography.pdf file. The answer to question #2 under Topography Exercise Answers on page 15 should be 4160’.

Optional materials have been developed to enhance the students understanding of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) relative to the Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations course. Instructors who choose to use the optional materials to enhance the course should be familiar with the lesson and its contents and determine how it will be used in the course. The materials are available here: https://wfdss.usgs.gov/wfdss/WFDSS_NWCG_WFDSS.shtml.

Applies to 2006 Version.


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