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Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Date Created: July 16, 2018
  • FireWorks Educational Program
  • Ilana L. Abrahamson
    US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program

Lesson Overview: In this activity, students learn about 3 concepts: the nature of smoke from wildland fires (through a technical reading), the ways in which smoke disperses into the atmosphere (through a demonstration and presentations), and some of the ways in which people can live with and reduce the smoke from wildland fires (through a reading/writing/speaking activity).

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of the nature of smoke from wildland fires, how it disperses, what its effects are, and how it might be minimized - or how people might be better able to live with it.


  • Students understand the composition and health impacts of smoke from wildland fires.
  • Students understand how temperature inversions affect smoke dispersal.
  • Students can use graphs of weather data to predict concentrations of particulate matter.
  • Students can identify actions that might reduce smoke from wildland fires or help reduce the adverse health impacts of smoke.

Cataloging Information

Partner Sites:
  • health impacts
  • PM - particulate matter
  • PM2.5
  • smoke dispersion
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FRAMES Record Number: 56186