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FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - H08A: Fire Environment Triangle and Fire Spread: The Matchstick Forest Model (Option A)
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
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Keyword(s):
fire spread; fire triangle; slope; stand density
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 15, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24595

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students design and conduct an experiment to investigate how slope and the density of trees (or other kinds of standing fuels) affect fire spread.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of experimental methods and wildland fire spread.

Objectives:

  • Students will design a controlled experiment to investigate relationships among slope, stand density, and fire spread.
  • Students will write a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, summarize results, and draw conclusions.
  • Students will compare their experiment and results to those of their classmates.
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