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Gregory Bald controlled fire

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Susan Hurstcalderone, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


One of the issues surrounding wildland fires involves areas where uncontrolled urban growth meets uncontrolled vegetative growth. People who live in these areas should take extra precautions to limit the effects of any nearby wildland fire that might occur. Students will take on the role of Fire Marshal for a house that requires a safety evaluation. The students are to identify the risk factors surrounding a wildland area. The students choose locations within the picture that are prone to fire risk and make arguments as to why those places are at risk.

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