Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - H09: Ladder Fuels and Fire Spread
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: August 11, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
crown fire; fire spread; ladder fuels; succession; surface fire
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 15, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24594

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students create a physical model to learn how the vertical arrangement of fuels affects the potential for fires to spread into tree crowns.

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

Objectives:

  • Students can describe differentiate between surface fires and crown fires, and describe the wildland fuels that contribute to these kinds of fire behavior.
  • Students can design model trees that can withstand surface fire.
  • Students can create a story board that describes the relationship among stand structure, fuel arrangement, and fire spread.
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