Use of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) in the United States began in the 1990s. Currently, its Fire Weather Index (FWI) system is used as the primary day-to-day fire danger rating tool across Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Its Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) tool continues to gain favor for its ability to support quick, fireline assessments of crown fire potential in their northern forests.
This online training resource is intended to augment required NWCG Fire Behavior training, insuring that there is a consistent introduction to CFFDRS concepts, tools, and interpretations among beginning firefighters and fireline supervisors in these states. It will also serve firefighters from other parts of the US, helping them as they arrive in these areas.
Individuals should register to access these learning resources, take advantage of the evaluation of their learning, and return to individual portions as opportunity for refresher.