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Fight wildfires with fire

 

Image: US Fish and Wildlife

Visitors to Cleveland National Forest might find Forest Service employees purposefully setting fires within park boundaries. The Forest Service even advertises these fires as controlled burn alerts on their website. One of the justifications is that these controlled burns prevent wildfire. This is a literal example of fighting fire with fire, but how does it work? 

In 3-ESS3-1, students are asked to make a claim about the merit of a design solution to reduce the impact of a weather-related hazard. How can fire be used to mitigate wildfire? What steps could be taken to reduce the chance of massive wildfires? 

Resources:

Forest Service: Controlled Burns

NGSS & Grade:

3-ESS2-1, ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

3-ESS3-1, ESS3.B: Natural Hazards

MS-LS2-1, LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

HS-ESS2-4, ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

Grade: 
3-5 ELM
6-8 MS
9-12 HS
Discipline: 
Life Science
Earth and Space Science