FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - M24: Homes in the Forest: An Introduction to Firewise Practices
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: March 14, 2018

Cataloging Information

  • Firewise
  • home defense zone
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 25917


Overview: Students use their knowledge about vegetation, fuels, and fire behavior to develop some rules that can help people protect their homes from wildland fire. Then they apply their rules by assessing photos of wildland homes, making recommendations to the home owners, and justifying their recommendations. Finally, they assess fire safety in a photo of a whole neighborhood.

Goal: Based on an understanding of wildland fire, students can assess how well homes and neighborhoods are protected from fire and recommend ways to improve their safety.

Objectives: Students can...

  • assess the fire hazards on and around homes in wildland settings.
  • assess the fire hazards in neighborhoods that are embedded in wildland settings.
  • recommend steps to improve home and neighborhood safety.
  • give reasons for their recommendations based on their understanding of fire and fuels.
Online Link(s):
Handout M24-1 (442 KB; pdf)
Handout M24-2 (364 KB; pdf)
M24: Firewise Homes 1 (1.3 MB; ppt)
M24: Firewise Homes 2 (2 MB; ppt)