FireWorks for the Northern California Oak Woodlands - M.2.2: Fire Triangle Lessons
Course Type: FireWorks activities
Availability: Public access
Author(s): FireWorks Educational Program
Date Created: October 5, 2021

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Record Last Modified: October 22, 2021
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Lesson Overview: Students explore the fire triangle through interactive experiments to understand the relationship of heat, fuel, and oxygen with fire. This provides the theoretical underpinnings for how fire works.

Lesson Goal: Increase students’ understanding of the fire triangle through experimentally removing different parts of the triangle and build an understanding of how heat from a fire travels.


  • Students can explain how the different parts of the fire triangle work together.
  • Students can explain the chemical bonds that break during a fire.
  • Students can explain how the heat from a fire travels in a plume and describe what that plume looks like.
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