With raging fires in Texas burning over one million acres so far, I thought it would be useful for me to compile a “The Best…” list that both shared accessible information about forest fires in general, as well as provide specific resources about what’s happening in Texas now.
You can also find lots of additional resources on major fires over the years at A Compilation Of “The Best…” Lists About Natural Disasters.
I’ll start off first with information about forest fires in general:
Weather Wiz Kids has a particularly accessible explanation of how forest fires are begun — and stopped.
Here’s a description of how forest fires start that is probably accessible to high Intermediate English Language Learners.
The page on the Smokey Bear website focused on Wildfires Burning has a lot of information on different aspects of forest fires, and much of it is pretty accessible.
CBS News has an excellent interactive on U.S. Wildfires.
Wildfire Facts comes from Idaho Public Television.
Here’s a lesson plan from Discovery Education on forest fires.
Eleven Facts About Wildfire comes from Do Something.
Wildfires is from National Geographic.
How to fight a wildfire is a video from The Associated Press.
The Data Behind America’s Growing Wildfires is from The Atlantic.
Video of Arizona Wildfire That Killed 19 Firefighters is from The New York Times.
Fast-Moving Blaze Kills 19 Firefighters in Central Arizona is from The NY Times.
Arizona Wildfire 2013: 19 Firefighters Die While Battling Yarnell Hill Blaze (VIDEO/PHOTOS) is from The Huffington Post.
Why Do Firefighters Choose Such Risky Work? is from The Pacific Standard.
19 Firefighters Fall on the ‘Wildland-Urban Interface’ is from The NY Times.
Partial protection from the flames is a Washington Post infographic about the firefighters’ deaths.
Arizona Blaze Traps Firefighters is a NY Times interactive.
Fallen Firefighters Had Prepared for Worst-Case Scenario is from The New York Times.
Here’s another useful article on the firefighters from The Times.
Here are resources on the Texas fires:
The Atlantic has a series of photos.
Wildfires Ravage Texas is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
CNN has several related videos.
Wildfire Burns In Texas is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
MSNBC has video of the disaster.
Wind-stoked wildfires hit Texas is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Firefighters called from around the country to fight Texas wildfires is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
Wildfires are getting worse. Why is Congress so unprepared? is from The Washington Post.
Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal? is from NPR.
Into The Wildfire is an ambitious piece from The NY Times.
TED-Ed has released a new lesson and video on “Why wildfires are necessary.”
Feedback is welcome.