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Exploring Wildland Fire

Bureau of Land Management
Environmental Education Electronic Field Trip

November 7, 2002




Learning Objectives & Standards

Share the Adventure! Exploring Wildland Fire covers a broad range of topics. Specific Learning Objectives are listed below.

Learning Objectives

After participating in the broadcast, viewers will be able to:

  1. Describe three benefits of wildland fire and identify an example of a species that depends on fire.
  2. Describe the term "prescribed fire" and explain one or more benefits of prescribed fire
  3. Explain the three components of the fire triangle (fuel, heat, oxygen)
  4. Describe the variables that determine fire behavior (topography, weather, fuel)
  5. Identify at least three characteristics of a fire-wise structure or setting
  6. Describe an example of how communities and government agencies work together to manage fire
  7. Describe at least one action people can take in their community related to fire management.
  8. Identify three careers related to fire management.



Education Standards

The broadcast can be aligned with the following National Science Education Standards:

Content Standard B: Physical Science
Properties and changes of properties in matter: The Fire Triangle
Motions and forces: Fire behavior, movement of fire

Content Standard C: Life Science
Regulation and behavior: Fire-dependent species and ecosystems
Populations and ecosystems: Fire-adapted species and ecosystems
Diversity and adaptation of organisms: Fire-adapted species and ecosystems
Matter, energy, and organization of living systems: Recycling of materials in ecosystems; change over time

Content Standard E: Science and Technology
Understanding about science and technology: Relationship between fire science and technology

Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Changes in environments: Natural changes and those influenced by humans
Natural hazards: Wildland fire as a natural occurrence; how human activities can cause wildfires
Risks and benefits: Risks and benefits of wildland fires; social decisions are made based on our understanding of risks and benefits
Science and technology in society: Scientific knowledge of fire affects our understanding, attitudes, behavior, and management decisions.