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Fire! You have probably heard about the wildland fires that rage
in the western United States every summer. There are wildfires every
year all over the world. Many of them are started by people to prepare
land for planting crops. People start other fires by accident (and
sometimes on purpose). Many fires are started by lightning. Are
all fires bad? For over 50 years we have listened to Smokey the
Bear saying "Only you can prevent forest fires". Some
people think that Smokey needs to change his message.
For a history of Smokey Bear, click
In the following activities you will have a chance to learn about
wildland fires and the brave men and women who fight them. You will
study and decide if fire is always bad for
the plants and animals in forests. You will learn about the
science of fire. You will also have
a chance to learn about fire fighters and
practice fighting a fire using a fire simulator program.
For instructor notes, click here.