FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - M02: Where Does Heat Go? The Heat Plume from a Fire
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 5, 2017

Cataloging Information

  • conduction
  • convection
  • heat
  • radiation
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Record Last Modified: April 6, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25037


Lesson Overview: In this demonstration, students observe the heat from a burning candle and a single match so they can describe the shape and size of a heat plume and explain how the energy from a fire is transferred. Since this is the first activity in FireWorks to use actual fire, we suggest it as a demonstration so the class can go through and observe safety procedures together.

Lesson Goals: Increase students' understanding of heat dispersal from fires. Prepare students to safely conduct experiments with fire.


  • Students can list three ways in which energy is transferred from a burning object.
  • Students can describe the shape and size of a heat plume from a burning match.
  • Students can list some safe practices for doing laboratory experiments with fire.