Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - E02: Making Fires Burn or Go Out 1: Introduction to the Fire Triangle
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
Contact(s):
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
  • Eva Masin
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: June 27, 2017
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Keyword(s):
fire triangle; heat; ignition; oxygen
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24511

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students describe and organize what they already know about fire so it fits into the conceptual model of the Fire Triangle. They examine the stability of a triangle and how that geometric property applies to fire.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of how fires burn and why they go out. Objectives:

  • Students can construct a triangle out of toothpicks and gumdrops, and can label its legs with the three components of the Fire Triangle.
  • Students can demonstrate that removing one side of the triangle makes it collapse.
  • Students can identify the component(s) of the Fire Triangle that are removed in various scenarios, and explain how this makes the fire go out.
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