Fire Behavior in Forests

This Fire Behavior in Forests lesson plan also includes:

Understanding the ways a fire will act is a key factor in fire safety and fire prevention. Young campers focus on how the weather and terrain can affect the behavior of a fire with topographic maps and different scenarios.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate into your unit on topography and reading terrain maps
  • Combine with a science unit on fires and fuel sources
  • Have your class take a walk around the school and predict a potential fire's behavior, as well as the most effective ways to prevent a fire at the school
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is based on the forests in Oregon, but is applicable to any unit about forest ecosystems and wildfires
  • Worksheets are in color, and may be best used as projections or laminated cards
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Pros
  • Encourages your class to use topographic maps as a source of information
  • Versatile for use in an earth science class, or when preparing for a school camping trip
Cons
  • None