The Fire Behavior Field Reference Guide (FBFRG) was developed as a hands-on user tool for field going Fire Behavior Analysts (FBANs), Long Term Fire Analysts (LTANs), and other fire behavior operational personnel. The FBFRG was created by the S-590 steering committee. The guide was developed by course coordinators, coaches, and field going personnel as a reference tool and look up guide for use in training and in the field by fire behavior analysts and fire managers alike.
The FBFRG was first published in 1989 through the National Advanced Resources Technology Center (NARTC), currently known as National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI) in Arizona. It was discontinued after their last update in 1992. The reason for discontinuing the guide was primarily lack of funding to maintain, update, publish and distribute the product, which existed as a 6”x 8” bound reference.
In the years following the discontinuation of the published guide, the fire behavior user community petitioned the FBSC to update and re-establish the FBFRG. It was republished with the 1992 content as an NWCG product in 2001. In 2010, the FBSC consulted with a private group to officially analyze the needs of the field and document content needed for the reference guide.
Once the needs analysis was completed the Subcommittee awarded a contract to Robert (Zeke) Ziel, a qualified FBAN and LTAN, to conduct a substantial revision of the reference guide. It was republished in 2014.
Funding of this project, over time, have been provided by NWCG and the USDA Forest Service RMRS Wildland Fire Management Research Development and Application group located at the National Interagency Fire Center.