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S-190, Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (Online) 2012

Course Description

This course provides instruction in the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is typically taught in conjunction with or prior to Firefighter Training, S-130. The material is divided into three online modules (1 to 3 hours each).

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  • Tutorial
  • Module 1: Basic Concepts of Wildland Fire
  • Module 2: Fuel, Topography, and Weather
  • Module 3: Fire Behavior
Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course components

Hours to complete

Pre-selection assessment


Pre-course work


Online course module(s)


Instructor-led units (completed in a classroom)




Target Group

Entry-level firefighters. Students utilizing this online training must be affiliated with an NWCG member agency (through direct membership or agreement) or a member of a fire department.

Minimum Course Administrator/Instructor Qualifications

Course administrator must be a qualified firefighter type 1 (FFT1).

Note: A course administrator is a person responsible for guiding a student through a self-paced course (computer based or paper based). Course administrators must meet qualifications set forth in the NWCG Field Managers Course Guide for each particular course and must be available in person, by phone, or by email to assist the student during the completion of the course.

Course Prerequisites


Course Level


Course Access

Online Component: Click to Start Course

Reference Material
Wildland Fire Incident Management Field Guide PMS 210
Incident Response Pocket Guide
Job Aid: Remember and Follow Rules
Wildland Incidents: Equipment to Bring

Certification Process

There is a challenge review at the end of each module. If you successfully complete the challenge review, you will be able to print a module proof of completion. The Learning Management System will track your progress and enable you to print your proof of completion. Note: Currently the LMS only issues a National Fire Academy (NFA) online course completion certificate. If desired, a NWCG certificate can be issued and signed manually by the course administrator. We anticipate having this issue resolved in the Summer of 2013. Certificates can be purchased from the Publications Management System NFES #001272.

Follow Directions Below to Register and Start Course
1. Click the hyperlink to access the course through the combined NWCG/NFA Online Learning Management System (LMS). This site is brought to you through a partnership of NWCG and the National Fire Academy.
2. Click the "New Students Click Here To Register Now!" link under the login box on the right hand side of the screen.
3. Fill out the online registration form.
4. Write down your User ID and Password. This information will also be sent to your via email.
5. Enter your User Id and Password. You MUST change your Password following your initial login.
6. From the Home Page, on the upper right side of the screen, select "Click to Browse Catalog".
7. On the left side of screen select "NWCG Courses" and hover your mouse pointer over the desired online course and select "Add to To-Do-List".
8. The online course can now be launched from you "Home Page".

- WARNING - Please Read: A known issue that will cause the deletion of module tracking/completion data is when the Internet Explorer (IE) Microsoft browser "x" in the top right corner of the window is used to exit the content window, all module tracking data is deleted and not recorded in the Learning Management System (LMS). This is a IE Microsoft Security Feature which cannot be hard-coded out of the courseware. Users must utilize the "exit" or "next" buttons in the content screen to ensure that module tracking data is successfully recorded to the LMS.

NFA LMS Automatic System Checker
If you are unsure of your system settings, Please log in to NFA Onlineand from the home page click the "Check System" link in the top right hand corner of the screen. The "Check System" link is directly to the left of the "Log Out" link. This link will automatically check your browser, java, flash, and acrobat reader versions. If you do not have the appropriate versions a link will be provided for you to download and install the updates.

Technical Requirements
Operating System Windows 95/98/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/Win7
- Note:This course is not compatible with the MAC OS.
Only access the online training with Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher)
Cookies, Java, and JavaScript enabled (must support Java version 1.02 and Java Script 1.0)
Pentium PC with 133 MHZ or higher
16MB RAM (32MB recommended)
1024 x 768 resolution at 32-bit color depth

Offline CD Version
S-190, Introduction To Wildland Fire Behavior (2008)) is available for off-line use.
NFES 002869, S-190 CD
Cost: $1.61
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