Fire Weather

checklist with stethoscopeThis course is used in preparation for assessment day and guides forecasters through all the activities they need to be confident in to successfully complete their assessment.

The self-assessment checklist will focus attention on the relevant areas, and link to training resources that can be reviewed and then practiced.

The course contains information in preparation for the Spot Fire Forecasting assessment and the full Fire Weather Forecasting assessment.

Method:
Blended
Duration: 1 day
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Fire Weather
Fire Weather Forecasting
GFE Fire Weather Forecasting
Spot Fire Forecasting
Fire Weather Warnings
Operational fire weather forecasting experience
Assessment: Self-assessment is used here, with formal competency assessment to follow.
Help: Contact James Pescott

fire danger rating signThis course is designed to cover the underpinning knowledge and skills identified in the following parts of the fire weather competencies:

  • Unit 1: Forecast Fire Weather for Routine Operations
  • Unit 4: Ensure Current Fire Weather Forecasts and Warnings are Accurate
  • Unit 5: Communicate Fire Weather Information

Some resources are regionally specific, such as case studies of significant fire events, while others are relevant across different regions, such as the description of the McArthur Fire Danger Indices and the lesson about communication via phone briefings.

Given the wide variety of resources available, it is recommended that you access information from this course one resource at a time and then follow this up with discussions with experienced fire weather forecasters in your regional office.

Note that the details of how to complete fire weather forecasts and updates in GFE are not included in this course, they appear in the GFE Fire Weather Forecasting Course.

Method:
Blended
Duration: 1 day + (depending on follow up with local fire weather forecasters)
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Fire Weather
Assessment: No formal assessment, but forecasters will be required to complete a fire weather forecast, a forecast update and a phone briefing as part of the fire weather competency assessment.
Help: Contact Monica Long

figure holding a checklistThis course is used on assessment day and guides the forecaster through all the activities they need to complete for their fire weather forecasting competency assessment.

There is a lesson for each of the five units of competency, which includes questions the forecaster needs to answer. The lessons then lead the forecaster into the following activity.

At the end of the assessment process, the forecaster will provide evidence of their work by taking screenshots of their grids or saving other files and then uploading them to the competency database within the course.

Forecasters are also required to provide feedback on the assessment process to ensure that it continues to develop and improve.

Method:
Blended
Duration: 1 day
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Fire Weather
Fire Weather Forecasting
GFE Fire Weather Forecasting
Spot Fire Forecasting
Fire Weather Warnings
Operational fire weather forecasting experience
Assessment: Quiz questions (within each lesson), Assessment Checklist covering GFE grid editing, forecast and warning production, spot fire forecast production, forecast update process, phone briefing demonstration and wind change forecast chart preparation (if needed)
Help: Contact James Pescott

red warning lightThis course relates to Unit 2 of the fire weather forecasting competencies: Produce fire weather warnings and specialised products.

There are three sections of the course:

  1. Fire Weather Warnings
  2. Total Fire Bans
  3. Wind Change Forecast Charts

Forecasters are encouraged to revise the relevant sections of their regional fire weather directive as the key resource for this area.

Note that the details of how to complete fire weather warnings in GFE are not included in this course, they appear in the GFE Fire Weather Forecasting Course.

Method:
Blended
Duration: 1 day
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Fire Weather
Fire Weather Forecasting
Assessment: No formal assessment, but forecasters will be required to complete a fire weather warning as part of the fire weather competency assessment. For regions where wind change forecast charts are part of the service, this will also be included on assessment day.
Help: Contact Monica Long

map with a pin showing a specific location and a magnifying glass focusing on this areaThis course relates to Unit 3 of the fire weather forecasting competencies: Forecast Fire Weather for a Specific Fire Incident.

The first section contains a series of modules relating to understanding fire behaviour, which is particularly important when forecasting for a going fire.

Section two focuses on determining the incident location and the tools that can be useful for this. There is a video demonstration of the key features of Google Earth that are useful for spot fire forecasting.

The final section includes a timeline of the end-to-end spot fire forecast process and a series of tips for composing high-quality forecasts.

Note that the details of how to complete spot fire forecasts in GFE are not included in this course, they appear in the GFE Fire Weather Forecasting Course.

Method:
Blended
Duration: 2 days
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Fire Weather
Fire Weather Forecasting
Assessment: No formal assessment, but forecasters will be required to complete a high-quality spot fire forecast as part of the fire weather competency assessment.
Help: Contact Monica Long

This course has been created for fire weather forecasters who will work in Australia via the forecaster exchange program. It provides an introduction to the science, services and systems used within the Bureau of Meteorology so that the forecasters arrive in Australia ready to hit the ground running.

weather icons representing fire, rain, temperature, wind and lightningThis course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in fire weather in Australia.

The course starts with an overview of fire weather in Australia in the context of fire weather around the world, including a look at the fire seasons in different parts of Australia.

The second topic introduces the key weather parameters that are important for fire weather and the influences these parameters have on fire behaviour.

The third topic is a detailed look at the fire danger indices used in Australia with the chance for hands-on use of a fire danger calculator.

The fourth topic outlines the fire weather services provided by the Bureau of Meteorology.

The final topic introduces some of the critical fire weather patterns to be found in different parts of Australia and provides a quiz where you can test your knowledge of these critical patterns.

The course is routinely used as part of the Graduate Diploma in Meteorology Course, the Introduction to Meteorology Course and the Basic Meteorology for Observers course.

Method:
Blended or online
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Pre-requisites: The ability to interpret synoptic weather charts is required for the section on critical fire weather patterns, otherwise no pre-requisites
Assessment: Self-assessment quiz on critical fire weather patterns
Help: Contact Monica Long

image of a gfe grid editing videoThis course contains learning resources related to forecasting fire weather in a Graphical Forecast Editor (GFE) environment.

Most forecasters will be taken through the course as part of the GFE roll-out training (after the temperature and marine training phases) but it is available for anyone who wants to understand fire weather forecasting in the GFE world.

The course starts with the fire weather forecasting process map. Each section of the course links back to this process map with hands-on exercises, 4A through to 4F, giving step-by-step instructions on the GFE process.

Some of the most popular resources available in this course are the video demonstrations of particular grid editing techniques. These videos can be viewed multiple times allowing you to pause the video at key stages and practise editing your grids at the same time.

Method:
Blended
Duration: 1 day with extra time to practise grid editing techniques
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Fire Weather and
Fire Weather Forecasting or operational fire weather experience
Assessment: No formal assessment, but the techniques learned will form part of the GFE competency assessment and the fire weather competency assessment.
Help: Contact Monica Long