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Fire Wars

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

The Producer's Story
Learn how the production team prepared to film a story about wildland firefighters and what it was like to be on the front lines during a fire season in which almost 6 million acres burned. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The World on Fire
In this feature, follow a progression of monthly global fire maps for the year 2000 and explore some of the factors contributing to typical and unusual fire situations during that time. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

How Plants Use Fire
Read about the rhythms of fire, how some organisms have adapted to particular patterns of fire, the role of humans in fire ecology, and more in this article. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Outfitting Wildland Firefighters
Click on different parts of this photograph to explore a wildland firefighter's workaday wardrobe and assorted tools. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Wildfire Simulator (Hot Science)
In this online activity, operate a fire-growth computer simulation to see how conditions such as wind speed and direction can affect a fire's spread and how firefighters use firelines and backfires to control wildland fires. (Shockwave plug-in required; non-Shockwave version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

On Fire (Hot Science)
Explore the basics of combustion, including how a fire ignites, how a molecule's atoms rearrange themselves during combustion, and what a flame is made of in this online activity. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 9-12)

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