Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - M09: Smoke from Wildland Fire: Just Hanging Around?
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-induced atmospheric conditions; human health; inversion; particulate matter (PM); visibility
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24550

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students learn that smoke from wildland fires can either disperse readily or stick around, reducing visibility on the earth’s surface and making it difficult to breathe. From a demonstration, they learn that long-term smoke episodes caused by inversions can be very harmful to human health - even though the smoke may benefit some plants. Finally, students they apply health guidelines regarding smoke to the problem of scheduling athletic practices on a smoky day.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of smoke from wildland fires , how it disperses, and its effects on ecosystems on human health.

Objectives:

  • Students can interpret information about air quality, dispersion, and visibility during a wildland fire.
  • Students can recommend measures for protecting their own respiratory health and that of others.
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