Fire Basics for Kids

Our Fire Basics section is designed for kids who want to learn more about fire.

The Dangers of Fire

Although fire can benefit an ecosystem, it may threaten human life or property. If the weather conditions are very dry or windy, fire burns much faster. Also, a fire burning near homes may damage those houses. Smoke can also be a cause of damage to homes. In a building, smoke smells unpleasant, leaves ashes and affects human health. In addition, smoke can make it difficult to see when driving.

Remember that fire is a powerful force. Only trained professionals should decide when and where a prescribed fire is to be started or permitted to burn.

Campfires or the burning of garbage should only be done after reviewing important rules and regulations and after careful consideration of the chances that the fire will not burn out of control. High winds, hot days and lots of dry materials in the area are dangerous conditions for starting a fire. Like Smokey Bear says, “Help Prevent Wildfires.”

Fire burning near home

A fire burning near a home may cause damage.

Wildland fire smoke

Smoke from wildfires can be hazardous to the public’s health.

Smoke reduces road visibility

Smoke can reduce visibility on a road, making driving difficult.

Boy meets Smokey Bear

Smokey greets young visitors at Natchez Trace, passing along the message to “help prevent wildfires.”