New York State Archives, NYSA_14297-87_004
A water truck used for fighting forest fires, circa 1900.
What are these men doing?
Where are they?
Why is there smoke?
What is the truck used for?
What is the man pouring into the tank?
Where did he get it?
Why aren’t these men near the fire?
What are they doing, and why was it critical to the forest?
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