S-495, Geospatial Fire Analysis, Interpretation, and Application, N/A

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This course was developed using a blended approach to learning. Students are required to complete the online training portion of the course prior to taking the instructor-led training (ILT).

The primary purpose of this course is to provide the knowledge base for developing short-, mid-, and long-term geospatial fire analysis for the Long Term Analyst (LTAN) and Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN). This course conveys the latest processes and technology to assess weather, climatology, historic fires, fuels, and biophysical attributes to develop deterministic and probabilistic fire growth for various timeframes. Concepts taught will help an LTAN and FBAN perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is presented by distance learning, lectures, electronic presentations, and class discussion.


  • Prepare future LTANs with advanced geospatial fire analysis, interpretation and application skills, preparatory for S-590.
  • Introduce future FBANs to geospatial fire analysis, interpretation and application skills preparatory for completing task book items related to geospatial analysis.
  • Equipment Technical Specialists with geospatial fire analysis, assessment, and interpretation skills.
  • Provide continuing education to qualified LTANs, FBANs, and technical specialists by providing the most recent advancements in geospatial fire analyses.

Target Group

  • Personnel desiring to be qualified as Long Term analyst (LTAN) or a Technical Specialist in Geospatial Analysis (GIST) or Fire Behavior Analyst (FBAN) completing position task book items relating to spatial fire analysis.
  • Qualified LTANs, FBANs, and Technical Specialists seeking training on recent advancements; personnel using fire behavior models to assist in fuels planning, fire planning or ecosystem restoration; line officers faced with fire management decisions; Incident Commanders; and personnel preparing data for analysis. 


S-495 is available as a blended online training and classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessment4
Online training116
Instructor-led training40
Total Hours160

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-495 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

    Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

    • S-490, Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior Calculations
    • S-491, Intermediate National Fire Danger Rating System
    • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.

    Students not seeking certification can access the online self-paced lessons without prerequisites.

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