Firewise addresses the risk of homes in the wildland/urban interface to wildland fire. As more homes are built in the woods and fields of Minnesota, the existing firefighting resources are less able to protect everyone's property while trying to control a wildfire.
The Firewise in the Classroom curriculum has been revised. The curriculum builds on the success of earlier versions. The new curriculum is hosted on the web so teachers and students can work remotely from home. It is an interdisciplinary curriculum for students in grades 6-12 that introduces students to the science of wildfire, the Public Land Survey System, the Biomes of Minnesota, the geography and social science of wildland fire. Students use GIS to develop fire risk data that can be used by their communities.
Firewise in the Classroom is administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Teachers interested in learning about the new Minnesota Firewise in the Classroom Distant Learning Curriculum can click on the links below: