BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENRT-145 - Fire Ecology - 5.00 Credits

ENRT-145 - Fire Ecology - 5.00 Credits

Course Details
This course deals with fire behaviour as it is affected by weather, topography and fuel types. Weather instrument, fire weather and the Canadian Fire Weather Index System are studied in detail to understand fire ecology concepts. Prescribed burning techniques, use of water and fire pumps, domestic and industrial fire fighting methods are also included. Woods safety is stressed throughout this course. Fire suppression techniques, including use of water, bulldozers, skidders, rotary and fixed wing aircraft, air tankers, chemical retardant and other equipment are topics covered in this course. Initial attack and fire crew organization, detection, communications and pre-suppression methods and concepts are studied. Students will participate in a prescribed burn if the opportunity is presented. Ecological effects of fire on soils, plants and animals will be examined.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Environmental Resource Technician Certificate - Year 1 Spring
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2023 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : Program admission/instructor permission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Master's degree in a related field. Bachelor's degree in a related field with experience will be considered.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 75
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • identify factors influencing fire initiation, spread and intensity;

  • describe the basics of chemistry and physics of fuel condition and combustion;

  • describe and predict fire behavior and potential due to effects of topography, fuel and weather;

  • calculate and apply the Canadian Fire Weather (CFW) Index and danger rating system;

  • plan, direct and construct fire control lines including fire crew organization supervision, and safety;

  • analyze fire weather and behavior including basic fire meteorology forecast;

  • specify and use appropriate fire fighting equipment such as chainsaws, skidders and bulldozers;

  • demonstrate the use and operation of fire pumps, fire accessories, and fire line hand tools on small fires;

  • describe wildfire detection systems, suppression systems and prevention including fuel management;

  • plan, direct and achieve burning prescriptions to meet the requirements of other land management strategies (i.e. Silviculture, pest management and habitat enhancement) and;

  • identify ecological effects of fire on soils, plants and animals.
  • Text and Materials:
  • S-100: Basic Fire Suppression and Safety. Current edition. Victoria, BC. British Columbia Forest Service.
  • S-211: Fire Weather. Current edition. Victoria, BC. British Columbia Forest Service.
  • S-340: Fundamentals of Prescribed Burning. Current edition. Victoria, BC. British Columbia Forest Service.
  • Other Resources:
  • Calculator
  • Lined and graph Paper
  • Ruler
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M9:00AM - 12:00PM09 Jan 202328 Apr 2023
    M1:30PM - 3:30PM