Lesson Overview: In this activity, students learn about the behavior, weather, and other aspects of a real wildland fire- the Storrie Fire of 2000 on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests. They create a podcast about the fire, which describes potential effects of different weather, and potential effects of global climate change.
Lesson Goal: Students will be able to communicate the effects of changes in the weather on fire spread and interpret data on possible relationships between global climate change and wildland fires.
Objectives: Students can use information on the history of the Storrie Fire, weather conditions, fire behavior modeling, and global climate change to create a podcast that
- catches the audience’s attention with a human-interest angle,
- describes relationships between fire weather and fire spread on a certain date,
- speculate s on how things might have been different based on model results for different weather conditions, and
- discusses the possible influence of global climate change on wildland fires.