FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - E03: Making Fires Burn or Go Out 2: Demonstrating the Fire Triangle and Heat Plume
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program
Date Created: October 12, 2017

Cataloging Information

  • CO2 - carbon dioxide
  • fire triangle
  • heat
  • plume
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25023


Lesson Overview: This activity contains three demonstrations in which students observe real fires to see how the conceptual model of the Fire Triangle applies to real combustion.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of combustion. Increase their awareness that use of fire requires safe practices and responsible adult supervision.


  • Students can use the Fire Triangle to explain why lighted matches go out.
  • Students can use the Fire Triangle to explain why it is difficult to light a candle in the presence of a mixture of baking soda and vinegar (or dry ice).