Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide
Document Type: Guide / Handbook / Manual / Protocol
Author(s): National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
Publication Year: Unknown

Cataloging Information

  • BehavePlus
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • crown fire
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fire shape
  • fire size
  • fuel moisture
  • FWI - CFFDRS Fire Weather Index System
  • NFDRS - National Fire Danger Rating System
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Record Last Modified: April 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 24350


The Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide (FBFRG) describes a range of practices by which fire behavior assessments are conducted for fireline leadership in the field, and by Fire Behavior Analysts (FBANs) and Long Term Fire Analysts (LTANs) in support of more sophisticated analysis. It is a hands-on publication for use in the field, in fire behavior training, and as a learning reference. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the Fireline Handbook, Appendix B: Fire Behavior, PMS 410-2.

The FBFRG contains helpful references to the factors from the fire triangle (fuels, weather, and topography), including features that are vital to field-going fire managers. It provides detail about the fire behavior models and tools used to estimate fire ignition, spread/size, fireline intensity, and crown fire potential. The reference material will assist with decision support using various tools and methodologies.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group. Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide. PMS-437. Boise, ID: National Interagency Fire Center, National Wildfire Coordination Group. 197 p.