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Out of Control: The Science of Wildfires

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A cloud of smoke billows above the trees, the sound of crackling flames echoes through the forest, and the siren of a fire engine blares in the distance. It’s front page news—a wildfire burns out of control. Whether ignited by lightning or a careless camper, wildfires can cause devastating effects to the environment. They can spread quickly, especially when aided by gusting winds or dry conditions. Although firefighters have developed ways to manage, contain, and even predict these outdoor blazes, new methods are...
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Overview

A cloud of smoke billows above the trees, the sound of crackling flames echoes through the forest, and the siren of a fire engine blares in the distance. It’s front page news—a wildfire burns out of control. Whether ignited by lightning or a careless camper, wildfires can cause devastating effects to the environment. They can spread quickly, especially when aided by gusting winds or dry conditions. Although firefighters have developed ways to manage, contain, and even predict these outdoor blazes, new methods are needed to keep up with the growing threat of wildfires. Headline Science uses news stories and everyday applications to explain the science behind wildfires.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Wildfires can be devastating. In 2007, approximately 86,000 wildfires burned over 9 million acres of land. Sadly, scientists are predicting more such fires in coming years, due in part to the longer fire seasons which result from warmer springs. The first chapter of this informative book discusses how oxygen, fuel and heat are needed for a fire to start, and then explores the various ways that wildfires are started. The second chapter focuses on how a wildfire burns, and the third chapter considers the results and aftereffects of a wildfire. The final two chapters provide information on both traditional and high-tech tools that are being used to prevent and combat wildfires. Compact and concise, this book uses a straightforward approach to provide facts on all aspects of wildfires. A full-color photograph appears on just about every page, and "Now You Know" boxes that are scattered throughout share interesting details. This book is part of the "Headline Science" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756540647
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Headline Science Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Forests Under Fire 4

Chapter 2 The Fire Environment 14

Chapter 3 After the Burn 19

Chapter 4 Combating the Fire 26

Chapter 5 High-tech Blaze Blasting 34

Timeline 44

Glossary 45

Further Resources 46

Source Notes 47

Index 48

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