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Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination

Wildland fires result in tremendous devastation of public resources and private property. The increasing frequency of these types of fires has brought on a need for additional, specially trained fire investigators. The WFOCD is based on the recently developed certification standards and training programs for wildland fire investigators put in place by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

This program culminates in a six hour practical exercise where students work as a team to investigate and document a wildland fire case. Teams will determine the fire origin, collect evidence, conduct interviews, and document the case.

Type: Advanced

Length: 4.5 days


  • Professional Ethics For Fire Investigators
  • Fire Behavior and Burn Pattern Interpretation
  • Fire Scene Evidence, Identification, Preservation, and Collection
  • Fire Investigation Methodology
  • Witness Interviewing  
  • Ignition Factors and Sources
  • Arson Recognition
  • Courtroom Preparation and Testimony


Instructional personnel in the Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination (WFOCD/FI-210 are current and former law enforcement officers with many years of experience conducting and supervising wildland fire investigations.  This mix of qualified and experienced instructors comes from such agencies as the United States Forest Service, occasionally other land management agencies and state and local police departments. All instructors are members of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group/Wildfire Investigation Working Team.

Who Should Attend?

Qualified applicants must be full-time, sworn law enforcement peace officers, specifically trained fire investigators.

Tuition and Cost

Tuition is free. Students will be responsible for travel, meals and lodging.

Registration Information

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, contact us at or call 800-74FLETC

Training Dates

There are currently no training dates or other items within this program.