RX-310, Introduction to Fire Effects


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Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and communicate the relationships between basic fire regimes and first order fire effects, the effects of fire treatments on first order fire effects, and to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired first order fire effects.


  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of fire as an ecological process using the concepts of fire regimes and first order fire effects at multiple scales.
  • Given an altered fire regime and a variety of socio-political issues and resource concerns, the student will be able to identify realistic management solutions in an adaptive management framework.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively with fire and resource professionals based on a common understanding of first order fire effects.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how fire management related resource issues interact.
  • Discuss how to manipulate fire treatments to achieve desired first order fire effects.

Target Group

Fire and resource specialists involved in fire related decision making. Interdisciplinary team resource advisors or prescribed fire crew member working toward burn boss, or other prescribed fire positions.
This course is required for qualification at RXB2 in the PA Prescribed Fire Standards.

Course Prerequisites

Working knowledge of fire behavior and understanding of basic ecological principles.
Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.


Tuition for the course is $350 for council members and $400 for non-members.


Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA

Lodging and Meals

A room block will be established at a local hotel for individual booking. Details will be provided to those attending. No meals will be provided.


Submit nomination form via e-mail to:
Andrew Baker -- Training Committee Chair, PA Prescribed Fire Council
Office: 717-536-3191

Nominations are due by May 15, 2018

Download the RX-310 Nomination Form here.

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