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FS 177 Wild Land/Urban Interface • 3 Cr.


Presents information and skills required to contain fires in open or rural land that interfaces with urban or suburban environments. Specific issues include forests, grassland, farmland, etc.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • The student will be able to identify and list at least three elements of weather that effect the behavior of wild land fires.
  • The student will explain the necessary personal protective equipment and it's importance in wild land fire operations.
  • The student will explain potential safety hazards and proper procedures for having a escape plan.
  • Explain the functions, inspection and care of a fire shelter and the correct deployment and entrapment procedures for a fire shelter.
  • Explain two field expedient methods for igniting wild land back fires.
  • Demonstrate the technique for cold trailing on a simulated fire perimeter.
  • Given a scenario of a constructed control line, the student will describe how to strengthen the line to facilitate holding by rearranging and fire proofing fuels adjacent to the control line.
  • Describe at least twelve safety precautions involving wild land / urban interface operations.
  • Describe indicators of possible extreme fire behavior.
  • List at least three priorities when establishing strategic goals.
  • List operations required when arriving at the fire scene and describe the importance of these actions as they relate to fire fighter safety.
  • Given an action plan and a scenario, will demonstrate the ability to update the action plan when the scenario changes.
  • The student will list steps to be completed before leaving an area involved in an interface fire.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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