FireWorks for the Northern Rocky Mountains and Northern Cascades - H02: The Fire Triangle: Fuel, Heat, and Oxygen
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: June 8, 2018

Cataloging Information

  • combustion
  • fire triangle
  • heat
  • oxygen
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Record Last Modified: February 17, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 56023


Lesson Overview: In this activity, students explore the shape of the heat plume and the three components of the Fire Triangle. The lesson includes a total of 3 experiments and 1 technical reading activity.

Lesson Goals: Increase students’ understanding of heat transfer and the components of the Fire Triangle. Increase their ability to develop and test hypotheses. Increase their ability to apply their understanding of a concept to real-world question.


  • Students can describe the shape of the heat plume from a fire.
  • Students can use the Fire Triangle to explain why specific fires go out.
  • Students can develop hypotheses, test them, and discuss their results.
  • Students can apply theoretical knowledge to practical technology.
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