Earth Science: Forest Fires

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Earth Science: Forest Fires.

1. What is the major cause of forest fires in the United States?
a. Lightning
b. Sparks from falling rocks
c. Volcanic eruptions
d. Human activities
e. Bears

2. Under what weather condition is fire more likely to spread rapidly?
a. Drought
b. Rain
c. Cold temperatures
d. High humidity
e. Snow

3. Will fire move faster going uphill or downhill?
a. Downhill
b. Uphill
c. Flat land is the fastest
d. The topography doesn't matter

4. What is the leading natural cause of forest fires?
a. Lightning
b. Drought
c. Volcanic eruptions
d. Sparks from falling rocks
e. Bears

5. What is it called when firefighters remove fuel in a long line ahead of the path of a fire?
a. Fireline
b. Stop gap
c. Firebreak
d. Breakout
e. Fuelbreak

6. True or False: Sometimes a forest fire can be helpful to a forest by burning out undergrowth and enriching the soil.

7. What do forest fires need in order to burn?
a. Water
b. Clear weather
c. Lightning
d. High humidity
e. Fuel

8. What do we call a forest fire that moves quickly by burning across the tops of trees?
a. High fire
b. Roof fire
c. Tall fire
d. Hat fire
e. Crown fire

9. How can humans cause a forest fire?
a. By not fully putting out a campfire
b. By dropping cigarettes
c. By arson
d. All of the above
e. None of the Above

10. True or False: All forest fires move slowly and will stop spreading when they reach a river or road.

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