Living with Fire Educational Game

Students use this program to examine the effects of weather and fuels on potential fire behavior in a ponderosa pine forest of the northern Rocky Mountains.

"Living with Fire” is an educational game that puts a student (ages 10 and up) in the place of a fire manager in a ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests of the northern Rocky Mountains. Students see how fire is likely to behave under various conditions—old growth vs. young forest, moderate vs severe fire weather, with various choices among fuel treatment and fire management strategies.

The game is based on research and models developed for real-world fire management from 1960-2005. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Includes standards-based lesson plan for teachers.


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Computerized visualization of forest stand structure after surface fires.
Map of projected fire spread for one scenario in the game.

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The Living with Fire Game is available on CD by request. Please contact the Fire Lab.