Beyond just being fun, Fight the Fire educates people about wildfires. The game includes dozens of quiz questions. If you would like to study or learn more, we provide the questions (plus answers and links to supporting information) here!
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1. What causes the majority of forest fires?
- Careless people
Answer – Careless people. Most forest fires are caused by careless people, who do things like leave fires unattended or don’t use ashtrays.
2. What is one simple thing you can do to prevent fires?
- Become a firefighter
- Never play with matches or lighters
- Patrol the forest and put out campers’ fires
Answer – Never play with matches or lighters. Be a hero! Save lives, homes, and the natural world by never playing with fire.
3. How quickly can a small flame get completely out of control?
- Five minutes
- One minute
- Less than 30 seconds
Answer – Less than 30 seconds. Fire is FAST! A small flame can get completely out of control in less than 30 seconds!
4. What is the most important thing you can do to stay safe in the event of an emergency?
- Be alert and stay calm
- Try to run away
- Try to help the firefighters
Answer – Be alert and stay calm. The most important thing you can do in any dangerous situation is to be alert and stay calm.
5. What is an important step you can take to keep your family safe from fire?
- Pretend nothing will happen
- Prepare and practice for emergencies
- Be too busy to prepare
Answer – Prepare and practice for emergencies. Keep your loved ones safe! Prepare an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
6. How often should you practice your emergency plan?
- Once a year
- Twice a year
- Every five years
Answer – Twice a year. Practice your emergency plan twice year and make sure every family member knows what to do.
7. In any fire, what is your biggest enemy?
Answer – Time. In any fire, time is your biggest enemy. Every second counts. Stay calm and follow your emergency plan.
8. Which aspect of fire is the most dangerous?
- The flames
- The heat
- The light
Answer – The heat. Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire’s heat alone can kill.
9. Fire kills many living things. Which of the following animals are most at risk?
- Fawns, baby birds, and bear cubs
- Adult deer, elk, and bears
- Birds that are old enough to fly
Answer – Fawns, baby birds, and bear cubs. Baby animals die in large numbers in a wildfire. They are too small and too slow to escape being burned.
10. What is one easy, inexpensive thing you could do right now to help save your home from wildfire?
- Rake up leaves and pine needles
- Install roof sprinklers
- Thin and prune trees
Answer – Rake up leaves and pine needles. Sweep pine needles and leaves from decks and porches, and remove them from within 5 feet of your house.
11. What can you learn to do that will prepare you to help your family and others in an emergency?
- Drive a car
- Make coffee
- Perform First Aid and CPR
Answer – Perform First Aid and CPR. First Aid and CPR are extremely useful skills to know. Your knowledge could save someone’s life.
12. Where are wildfires most common in the U.S.?
- The western states
Answer – The western states. While wildfires happen in all of the states, they are most common in the West.
13. What is a “fire line?”
- A continuous line cleared of all burnable material
- A line of firefighters walking through the forest
- A group of firefighters waiting for dinner
Answer – A continuous line cleared of all burnable material. A fire line stops fire from spreading or advancing, allowing firefighters to contain a blaze
14. What is the fastest growing fire threat in the US?
- Bears playing with matches
- Deer forgetting to put out their campfires
- Children setting fires
Answer – Children setting fires. Children start nearly half of all deliberately set fires. Some die and many are injured as a result.
15. What is your best source of information when there is a wildfire in your area?
- Your neighbors
- Radio and TV
- The Internet
Answer – Radio and TV. Radio and TV will have the most up-to-date information and instructions for your area.
16. How many fire deaths are caused by children playing with fire?
- One in ten
- One in four
- Two in ten
Answer – One in four. One quarter of all fire deaths are a result of fires started by children.
17. How fast can a wildfire move?
- 5 miles per hour
- 8 miles per hour
- 14 miles per hour
Answer – 14 miles per hour. Wildfires can move up to 14 miles per hour, faster than you can run.
18. How many buildings are destroyed every year by wildfires?
Answer – 2500. Wildfires destroy an average of nearly 2,500 structures every year.
19. What destroys most structures during a wildfire?
- Flame contact
- Water drops
Answer – Embers. Embers can smolder undetected and ignite new fires long after the main fire, and firefighters, have moved on.
20. How far away from your home should wood piles be kept?
- 20 feet
- 50 feet
- 30 feet
Answer – 30 feet. Keep woodpiles at least 30 feet away from your home to decrease fire risk.
21. How much of a safety zone do you need around your home?
- 400 to 500 feet
- 10 to 30 feet
- 30 to 100 feet
Answer – 30 to 100 feet. A 30 to 100 foot safety zone around your home dramatically increases its chance of surviving a wildfire.
22. Which area of the country reports the most lightning-caused fires?
- The Southeast
- The Southwest
- The Pacific Northwest
Answer – The Southwest. Of the more than 10,000 lightning caused fires per year, the Southwest reports nearly 2,000.
23. Fire kills many living things. Which of the following animals are most at risk?
- Bears, deer, and elk
- Eagles, hawks, and owls
- Mice, gophers, and voles
Answer – Many thousands of small animals can die in a wildfire. They are not big or fast enough to escape.
24. How much does fighting fires cost the US government?
- Close to 2 billion dollars per year
- About 500 million dollars per year
- About 100 million dollars per year
Answer – Close to 2 billion dollars per year. It costs the federal government nearly 2 billion dollars per year to fight fires.
25. Does your family need an evacuation plan?
- Yes. Evacuations happen quickly and without warning.
- No. I’ve never needed to evacuate before.
- No. There’ll be warning or we’ll be rescued
Answer – Yes. Evacuations happen quickly and without warning. Always have a family evacuation plan. In case of a wildfire or other emergency, you may have little time to get you, your family, and pets to safety.
26. Should you evacuate as soon as possible when an evacuation is ordered?
- No. Take your time to remove your possessions
- Yes. You’re safer and it helps firefighters do their job.
- No. Evacuations are advisories. I can take my time.
Answer – Yes. You’re safer and it helps firefighters do their job. Be ready to evacuate! It keeps you and your family safer. It helps firefighters do their jobs. Don’t wait to be ordered by authorities to leave.
27. Which type of fire burns slowly across the forest floor, destroying vegetation?
- Surface fire
- Ground fire
- Crown fire
Answer – Surface fire. Surface fires damage and kill vegetation as they move across the surface of the ground.
28. Which type of fire spreads through roots, on or below the forest floor?
- Crown fire
- Ground fire
- Surface fire
Answer – Ground fire. Ground fires are often caused by lightning and spread through roots below ground.
29. Which type of fire spreads rapidly through the tops of the trees?
- Ground fire
- Surface fire
- Crown fire
Answer – Crown fire. Crown fires move quickly through the tops of the trees, driven by the wind.
30. What causes more than 4 out of 5 wildfires?
Answer – Humans. Humans cause the vast majority of wildfires.
31. Of the following, which would be the LEAST likely cause of a wildfire?
- Children playing with matches
- An improperly extinguished campfire
- The sun shining through glass
Answer – The sun shining through glass. The sun shining through glass can cause a wildfire, but it is very rare compared to the other two.
32. What is the total economic cost of wildfires in the US per year?
- More than 20 billion dollars
- Between 1 and 2 billion dollars
- Less than 1 billion dollars
Answer – More than 20 billion dollars. Combined cost of firefighting, property loss, and other economic losses due to wildfire top 20 billion dollars per year.
33. What is the name for airborne firefighters that parachute into remote areas to fight fires?
- Type 2 firefighters
Answer – Smokejumpers. Smokejumpers are the most elite firefighters, and only a couple hundred are active in the U.S. each year.
34. What type of firefighters are trained to rappel out of helicopters to attack fires in remote areas?
- Helitack Crews
Answer – Helitack Crews. Helitack crews are trained to reach remote locations quickly.
35. Which highly skilled firefighters are used to fight fires in the most critical and high risk areas?
- Incident management teams
- Hotshot crews
Answer – Hotshot crews. Hotshot crews are specially trained to fight high risk fires in critical areas.
36. What is the space where wilderness and human development meet called?
- National Forest land
- The Wildland-Urban Interface
- The Danger Zone
Answer – The Wildland-Urban Interface. Wildfire danger is increasing because more homes are being built in the Wildland-Urban Interface.
37. Often used in the wildland-urban interface, what type of firefighters protect structures AND fight wildfires?
- Engine crews
- Incident management teams
Answer – Engine crews. Engine crews use their trucks, water, and hoses to save structures and fight wildfire.
38. Fire is most dangerous to which animals?
- Large animals like bears and elk
- Small animals and baby animals
- Flying animals like bats and birds
Answer – Small animals and baby animals. Small animals and baby animals are especially vulnerable. They are generally not big or fast enough to escape a wildfire.
39. On average, how many acres per year are burned by wildfires?
- 2.4 million acres
- 7.3 million acres
- 5.2 million acres
Answer – 7.3 million acres. Wildfires burn an average of 7.3 million acres per year.
40. Fire season across the western US has increased dramatically in the last 40 years. By how much?
- One month
- Two months
- Two and a half months
Answer – Two and a half months. Climate research shows that the fire season across the western US is now 2.5 months longer than it was 40 years ago.
41. How many arson arrests in the US are of juveniles?
- Over 50%
- Less than 10%
- Around 20%
Answer – Over 50%. More than half of all arson arrests are of children. Children playing with fire is a dangerous and growing fire threat.
42. Which of the following statements is NOT true?
- A large forest fire can create its own weather.
- Most wildfires are human caused.
- Fire has no beneficial effects.
Answer – Fire has no beneficial effects. Well-managed, fire can have many beneficial effects in an ecosystem.
43. There are three conditions that need to be present for a fire to start. What are they?
- Fuel, light, and oxygen.
- Fuel, oxygen, and a source of heat.
- Oxygen, a fuel source, and matches.
Answer – Fuel, oxygen, and a source of heat. To start, a fire needs fuel, oxygen, and a heat source. These are known as the fire triangle.
44. How many wildland fires are there per year, on average?
Answer – 73,400. There are an average of 73,400 wildland fires per year in the U.S.
45. As a result of climate change, in what area do scientists NOT expect to see more wildfires?
Answer – Deserts. Deserts are one of the few areas where scientists do not expect to see more wildfires.
46. What is the annual cost for federal fire suppression?
- About 1.2 billion dollars per year
- About 1.8 billion dollars per year
- About 900 million dollars per year
Answer – About 1.8 billion dollars per year. It costs around 1.8 billion dollars a year for federal agencies, like the Forest Service, to fight fires.
47. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, killed 250. What wildland fire, in the same month of that year, killed more than 1,500?
- Peshtigo Fire
- Miramichi and Maine Fire
- Great Idaho Fire
Answer – Peshtigo Fire. The Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin was far more deadly than the Chicago fire and burned 3.8 million acres.
48. In 2007, fires in southern California forced the evacuation of how many people?
- 180,000 people
- over 500,000 people
- more than a million people
Answer – more than a million people. More than one million southern Californians were temporarily evacuated in the summer of 2007.
49. Firefighting resources can be scarce. How many airtankers are under exclusive contract for 2014?
- 9 airtankers
- 85 airtankers
- 125 airtankers
Answer – 9 airtankers. Fire aviation resources are expensive and there is a limited supply.
50. Airtankers are in high demand during fire season. What percentage of requests go unfulfilled?
Answer – 48%. In 2012, nearly half of the requests for airtanker support were unable to be filled.