X-900, Investigating Power Line Caused Wildfires, 2013

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This course will provide a basic knowledge of the specific requirements and protocols necessary to investigate wildfires caused by electric power lines and their related equipment. Detailed sections will provide specialized information and techniques to aid in the investigation of power line related wildfires. The course can be presented by short lectures and electronic presentations or as a self-study course using the DVD.


  • Describe the basic structure of the electric utility industry and how to safely work around power lines and their related equipment during fire investigations.
  • Recognize the different classifications of electrical lines, hardware, and their associated equipment, including exempt and non-exempt models and related clearance requirements.
  • Describe construction requirements, industry standards, and maintenance procedures required to prevent wildfire starts from electrical power lines and power line related equipment.
  • Understand the conditions when “spoliation of evidence” may occur and how to avoid this situation.
  • Recognize the various power line fire causes and evidence associated with these causes.

Target Group

Qualified Wildland Fire Investigators (INVF).


X-900 is available as classroom instructor-led training, or self-study using the DVD.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training6
Total Hours6

Session Offerings

Information not available at this time.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Successful completion of FI-110, Wildland Fire Observations and Origin Scene Protection for First Responders, and FI-210, Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination.

Course Level

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Functional Area: 
Prevention and Investigation
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