Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - M06: Ladder Fuels and Fire Spread: The Tinker Tree Derby
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: July 25, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
fire spread; ladder fuels; succession
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: September 25, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 24547

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students use a physical model to learn how the vertical arrangement of fuels affects the potential for fires to spread into tree crowns. This activity applies mainly to forests, shrublands, and woodlands.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of the relationship between fuel arrangement and vertical fire spread, especially in forests, shrublands, and woodlands.

Objectives:

  • Students can design a model tree and assess its ability to “survive” a surface fire.
Online Link(s):
Handout M06-1 (148 KB; pdf)
Handout M06-2 (284 KB; pdf)
Ladder Fuels (222 KB; jpg)
Tinker Tree Video (7.3 MB; mp4)