Tips and Training Materials

Tips, Tricks, and Information

We have developed a number of tips for using BehavePlus more effectively: Tips and Tricks [PDF]

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Three new courses have been created for BehavePlus 6.0


  • Surface Fire 2021: This course the first course you take and is a prerequisite to the remaining two courses. It is useful for anyone wanting to learn how to navigate through BehavePlus. The Surface Fire course was developed with the assumption that learners have already taken S-390, so a basic understanding of fire behavior is required.
  • Prescribed Fire 2021: This course covers the use of BehavePlus in prescribed fire planning. It includes explanations and applications of BehavePlus modules and how they apply to the different elements of the Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide (NWCG PMS-484) last published in July 2017. While the burn plans required by state agencies often differ a bit from the Interagency Guide, they generally require similar information.
  • Crown Fire 2021: This course covers assumptions, limitations, and use of the CROWN module in BehavePlus. It is in the final stages of development, and we anticipate releasing it in January 2022.

Training Materials

Lessons have been developed to aid users in more effectively using BehavePlus. If you are unfamiliar with BehavePlus operation, please review the four lessons in the Introduction Unit. Other lessons are generally stand-alone and should be used based on your interests and need; they are not organized into a BehavePlus "course." Some topics in the Modeling Unit consist of multiple lessons; the suggested order of these lessons is outlined on the first page of each.

The worst thing you can do is start at the top of the list and work your way to the bottom. Look for the lessons that help you build the skills and knowledge that you need right now. If topics are missing, please contact the Project Lead.

Lessons are organized according to Units.

  • Overview - General overview of BehavePlus; usually provided as a presentation.
  • Introduction – Four basic lessons provide the foundation for program operation; these lessons should be done in order.
  • Operation – These lessons cover various aspects of operation or "button pushing."
  • Modeling – These lessons describe modeling capabilities, limitations, assumptions, and sensitivity.