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Training Resources

NIFTT can provide customized workshops on a variety of subjects related to fuels, fire behavior, fire effects, fire regimes, vegetation dynamics, and LANDFIRE data using tools developed by NIFTT as well as a variety of other related tools.  Depending upon subject matter, these workshops could range from one to five days.  If travel is a constraint, some material may also be taught virtually using webinar technology.

If you are interested in having NIFTT provide a Workshop in your area, please contact us to discuss potential topics and schedules.


Examples of past workshops:

Fuel Assessment Workshop

From March 2006 through June 2007, NIFTT traveled around the U.S. conducting three-day workshops with the goal of training managers in fuel assessment planning techniques using ArcGIS spatial application tools. 

short courses


The Wildland Fire Assessment Tool (WFAT) Workshop – A Tool to Spatially Model Wildland Fire Behavior and First Order Fire Effects

WFAT provides an interface between ArcMap, FlamMap, and the First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM), combining their strengths into a spatial fire behavior and fire effects analysis tool.  In the workshop, you will learn how to use WFAT to locate potential fuel treatment units, develop a prescription for those units, and evaluate the effects of the proposed treatments on potential fire behavior and/or fire effects.  WFAT saves fire managers the time and effort of converting data between multiple formats for use in ArcMap and FlamMap and gives managers the option of using downloadable LANDFIRE layers as their input GIS layers.  

Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC) Workshop – A Methodology for Evaluating Ecological Departure  

Fire Regime Condition Class (FRCC) provides a method for assessing current ecosystem condition and fire regime departure in relation to historical vegetation and fire regimes – at multiple scales.  This workshop provides an overview of the FRCC assessment process, including FRCC Mapping Tool demonstrations and an optional hands-on scenario exercise.  Workshop goals are to: 1) educate the audience about state-of-the-art FRCC assessments and 2) generate discussions about FRCC.  

LANDFIRE Total Fuel Change Tool Workshop - A Tool for Modifying LANDFIRE Fuel Layers

The LANDFIRE Total Fuel Change Tool allows users to update LANDFIRE fuel data directly in ArcMap.  In the workshop, you will learn how to develop rule sets for updating fuel data based on the existing vegetation type (EVT), existing vegetation cover (EVC), existing vegetation height (EVH), and biophysical settings (BpS) – which are downloadable GIS layers (see for details). Fuel characteristics can be updated for both surface and canopy fuels. You will also learn how to use LFTFC to: 1) calculate acres and % EVT changed per fuel rule, 2) compare surface and crown fire behavior characteristics and interpret the conditions for passive crown fire initiation, 3) create and graph custom fuel models, and 4) create distribution graphs to show vegetation structure and quantity.

If you are interested in participating in any of the above workshops or if you have ideas for a customized workshop, please contact us.


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NIFTT’s "Learning Pathways" are designed to provide guidance to individuals interested in specific areas of study.  These pathways group together in one convenient spot all of the online courses, guides, and tutorials related to an area of interest.  In addition, Learning Pathways provide easy-access to these related learning materials in an order designed for optimal learning efficiency.  Select the links below to explore the various learning sources within each Learning Pathway.

Learning Pathways :


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Acquiring and Preparing LANDFIRE Data Tutorial 
Demonstrates how to obtain and prepare LANDFIRE data to be used as input for NIFTT tools.

Fire Behavior and Effects Assessment: A Guide to Understanding and Creating Weather, Wind, and Fuel Moisture Files 
This guide describes how to obtain and evaluate the necessary data to create weather, wind, and fuel moisture files for historical and current fire behavior and effects analysis.

Introduction to Fire Behavior Modeling
Provides a foundation upon which to build fire behavior modeling experience gained during an apprenticeship under a master or journey-level fire behavior modeler.

The Raster Primer 
Provides a basic understanding of raster data. Raster data layers (commonly referred to as "grids") are the essential data layers used in all NIFTT tools.

Using the LANDFIRE Biophysical Settings Model Descriptions
Examines major elements of the model descriptions and how they can be used


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Southwest Interagency Fuels Workshop, March 2011, Flagstaff, Arizona

Presenter: Miriam Rorig, US Forest Service
Title: Wildland Fire Air Quality Tools
Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, Duration: 1:14:19

Presenter: Josh Hall, Santa Fe National Forest & Ron Sherron, US Forest Service, AZ NFs & AZ Department of Environmental Quality
Title: Smoke Management Techniques (Hall) and Creating a Successful Burn Window (Sherron)
Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2011, Duration: 1:18:26

Presenter: Sam Amato, National Fire Decision Support Center
Title: The Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011, Duration: 00:55:45

Presenter: Jeff Jones, US Forest Service
Title: National Interagency Fuels, Fire, and Vegetation Technology Transfer (NIFTT): Curricula for assessment of fire behavior, fire effects, and ecological departure
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011, Duration: 00:46:39


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