The in-class portion of the January 2018 session is now complete.

Thank you to all of the participants who took part in this session.


“I’ve been seeking a course focused solely on weather for my entire career.  I took the CIFFC Advanced Wildland Fire  Behaviour and Wildland Fire Behaviour Specialist courses ... This course connected a lot of dots for me and I feel much more confident going into the 2018 fire season!”

- 2018 participant

Session Syllabus for

January 11-12, 2018

Pre-session work required

Online modules and a short literature review must be completed prior to attending this session. A post-session assignment is also required.

Information regarding these requirements is provided upon registration

Targeted Participants

Fire management practitioners who have completed fire weather training through the Fire Behaviour Specialist Course and/or Advanced Fire Behaviour Course and are seeking to further advance and refresh their knowledge and understanding of fire weather science and applications.

Fire management practitioners who have not completed the above-noted courses, but who would benefit from increased awareness and understanding of fire weather science and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Student Learning Outcomes and Competencies

Upon successful completion of this session students will be able to do the following:

  • Understand and communicate the fundamentals of atmospheric science;

  • Understand and interpret basic (fire)weather forecasts;

  • Understand and communicate the role of fire weather in terms of fire activity and fire behaviour; and

  • Understand and communicate the implications of climate change on future fire weather and wildfire activity.


Dr. Mike Flannigan, professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Canada Wildfire) will deliver this session. Dr. Flannigan is an internationally renowned wildland fire weather expert.