Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Wildfires are most commonly started by human carelessness, such as unattended campfires.
  • Water bombers are planes that can drop thousands of litres of water onto the hottest spots of a wildfire.
  • Firebreaks are areas of land that a wildfire can’t travel over, because they are free of fuel.

Curriculum keywords

  • Natural disasters
  • Wildfire
  • Nature

Read the story

The worst wildfires in California’s history have been burning their way across the state, forcing people to leave their homes and schools to close.

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Share with students

Spark a discussion

  • What is the main cause of wildfires, and how can we prevent them?
  • How can planes help fight wildfires?
  • How can firefighters try to starve the wildfires of fuel from the ground?

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