U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Fire Squirts Summer Camp
The U.S. Forest Service partners with the Bureau of Land Management, Framing Our Community (a local non-profit organization), and local school districts to provide a summer opportunity for local children in Idaho County to learn about fire. The Fire Squirts program is a fun, educational week-long camp that teaches children, ages 8 to 14, about fire ecology, fire history, fire behavior, fire prevention, and fire suppression.
Through interactive sessions, creative artwork, laboratory experiments, and dramatic play, students learn about the fire triangle, ecological cycles, fuels treatments and defensible space, map and compass skills, and much more. Students dress up in firefighter and smokejumper personal protective equipment to learn firsthand about tools and gear, engines and parachutes, and even try suppression tactics on a practice fire. The children also visit nearby homes that impacted by a recent wildfire to learn about defensible space. They even get to “play with fire” in laboratory experiments that demonstrate how fuel composition, wind, and topography influence fire behavior.
|Last updated: 10-31-2013|
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