Overview: In this lesson, students explore how different properties of fuels affect fire behavior - especially how easy or difficult it is to ignite fires and how long they are likely to burn. Students consider various combinations of fuels (“fuel recipes”), predict how they will burn, and test their hypotheses by building safe “camp fires.”
Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of fuel properties, ignition, and fire duration in wildland fuels
- Students will demonstrate understanding of how fuel properties influence fire behavior.
- Students will select and arrange fuels that will be easy to ignite and burn a relatively long time.