Course


Title

FireWorks for the Sierra Nevada - H11: 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: August 11, 2017
Ongoing

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
atmospheric dynamics; inversion; particulate matter (PM); PM2.5
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Record Maintained By:
FRAMES Staff; catalog@frames.gov
Record Last Modified: August 15, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 24598

Description

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students learn about the composition of smoke from wildland fire, how it disperses, and its health impacts. They do a pre-class reading assignment and worksheet. During class, they discuss the pre-class reading, watch a video or demonstration of an inversion, and analyze Plumas county smoke data from two years when large wildland fires occurred.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of how smoke from wild land fires disperses, how it may affect people’s health, and why smoke management is complicated.

Objectives:

  • Students will understand the composition and health impacts of smoke from wildland fires.
  • Students will understand how temperature inversions affect smoke dispersal.
  • Students will analyze and interpret graphs of particulate matter concentrations.
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