FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - H20: Why Do Historical Fire Regimes Matter?
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 13, 2018

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  • fire regimes
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Record Last Modified: February 14, 2023
FRAMES Record Number: 25919


Lesson Overview: Students apply their knowledge about fire regimes (low-, mixed-, and stand-replacement) to 3 forest types that occur from the northern Rocky Mountains to the North Cascades - forests historically dominated by ponderosa, lodgepole, and whitebark pine. Students read a technical article about 1 of these forest types and summarize it for a high -school science blog.

Lesson Goals: Students can recognize the most prevalent fire regime for each of 3 forest community types that occur from the northern Rocky Mountains to the North Cascades. They determine whether a fire regime has changed over the past century and explain why changes in fire regimes matter.


  • Students can interpret a map and a table of data on historical fire regimes.
  • Students can understand a 1-page technical article on a fire regime.
  • Students can write a concise blog that summarizes information on a fire regime, how it has changed over the past century, and why that matters.
  • Students can identify strengths and weaknesses in blogs written by other students.