New York State Archives, NYSA_14297-87_57L376FFC
Men trying to control a forest fire by cutting down a smoldering bush, circa 1920.
What are these men doing?
Where are they?
Why is there smoke?
Do we have people in our community that fight fires?
What do they look like compared to these fire fighters?
How do forest fires start?
How do we stop them?
How common are forest fires?
If forest fires destroy many acres of forests, why would firefighters cut down near trees? Doesn’t that just add to the destruction or does it help? How?
Research the origins of Smokey the Bear.
Math: Between April 20 and June 8, 1903 600,000 acres burned. If each day the same number of acres burned, how many were burned each day? How many square miles is that?
Science: What are some natural starters of forest fires? Are these fires ever good for the environment? What is a controlled burn? How does it help the soil for agriculture?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to a nearby park or the state Forest Service requesting information on forest fire prevention.
Lauber, Patricia. Summer of Fire. Orchard Books, August 1991. ISBN: 0531085430
George, Jean Craighead. Fire Storm. HarperCollins Publishers, August 2003. ISBN: 0060002638
Salten, Felix. Bambi: A Life in the Woods. Aladdin Paperbacks, October 1982. ISBN: 067166607X