Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - E05: Fuel Properties: The Campfire Challenge
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 28, 2017
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Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
fire duration; fire spread; fuel moisture; ladder fuels
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24517

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students Explore how different properties of fuels affect fire behavior - especially how hard it is to ignite fuels and how long they are likely to burn. Students consider various combinations of fuels (“fuel recipes”), predict how they will burn, then test their hypotheses.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of fuel properties and how they affect fire spread andfire duration.

Objectives:

  • Students can select and arrange fuels to build a small campfire that will be easy to ignite and burn a relatively long time.
  • Students can explain how fuel properties affect fire spread and fire duration.