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Course Description - NFDRS Advanced National Fire Danger Rating System
(IQCS course code: NANFDR - Session:00009)

March 10 - 20, 2015

Course Description

Advanced NFDRS is the next level of analytical instruction above S491 that focuses on the role of fire danger rating in resource decision making, through development of a fire danger operating plan. Participants will be provided the skills to analyze and troubleshoot fire danger rating from the fire weather station scale to multiple fire danger rating areas. The course will provide individuals the technical skills to serve as instructors for geographic area level courses for all wildland fire agencies using NFDRS. Advanced NFDRS is a national level course. As such, participants can expect long days, evening and weekend work. In order to receive credit for course, participants must stay through entire course. Students will need to complete approximately 10 to 12 hours of pre-course work.

Vision Statement

The National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) is a trusted decision tool for fire and resource managers. The NFDRS is based upon the integration of the latest fire and atmospheric sciences, climatology, remote sensing, and GIS technology. It is supported by processors and data management systems which are robust and flexible enough to remain state of the art. The NFDRS is easy to use - requiring limited human intervention, minimal in cost, and can be applied through space (locally, regionally, nationally) and time (today, tomorrow, seasonally) across the United States. System access is web-based and outputs are displayed with tabular, graphical, and GIS formats. Fire danger is a description of factors - fuels, weather, topography - which affect the initiation, spread, and difficulty of control of wildfires on an area.

Course Goal

The goal of this training course is to promote better decision-making and planning using the National Fire Danger Rating System. Promote the development and implementation of fire danger operating plans at the local level. Develop a pool of technical experts and a cadre for Fire Danger Rating (FDR) guidance and instruction.

Course Objectives

Target Group

The target audience includes individuals:

Why Take This Course?


Pre-course work will be posted on the NAFRI web site on November 3, 2014. It will take approximately 10 to 12 hours to complete.

Computer Requirements

Students must bring their Agency laptop to use during the course to connect to the terminal server at NAFRI. If you do not have a laptop available to you, there are in limited supply at NAFRI and are on a first come first serve basis; use of your own agency laptop is strongly suggested. Contact the Course Coordinator if you need to use a NAFRI laptop.

Important Dates

Nominations Due: November 1, 2014
Pre-Course Work Due: December 18, 2014
Notification of Selection: December 19, 2014

Nomination Process

Federal Employees: please submit your nominations in IQCS through your normal training flow. Other agencies please see the NAFRI nomination process available at:

NOTE: Federal employees should use the IQCS nomination process to submit their nominations.
Contact: Bill Miller
National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute
3265 E. Universal Way, Tucson, AZ. 85756
(520) 799-8752, FAX: (520) 799-8785, bdmiller@fs.fed.us

Tuition: None