Fire Basics for Kids
Our Fire Basics section is designed for kids who want to learn more about fire.
Fire Quiz—Did You Know?
- Warm, dry winds called Chinook Winds (pronounced shin-ook) occur on the eastem slopes of the Rocky Mountains and can help cause severe fire hazard conditions? These winds can blow more than 100 miles per hour.
- Temperatures of fuels such as wood found in an open field may be warmed to as much as 160 degrees F by the sun?
- Lightning is like a gigantic spark between a negatively charged lower cloud and the positively charged Earth?
- A test fire is used before igniting a prescribed fire to determine the exact burning conditions and how the fire will behave?
- Native Americans used fire to help with hunting more than 4,000 years ago?
- Some pine cones, called serotinous cones, rely on fire to help them open so they can release their seeds?