How Might a Scientist Investigate Annual Patterns of Fires?
ES0201  Fire Science and the Scientific Method
Land managers regularly turn to science to help them better manage their resources. The effort to improve their accuracy in predicting fire risk provides a good example of how the scientific approach can apply to a practical problem.

Approaching a problem scientifically involves observing, asking questions, forming a hypothesis, gathering data, testing the hypothesis, and sharing what has been learned. Years of observing the conditions present where fires occurred have led scientists and firefighters to ask questions and generate some working hypotheses about the conditions that influence the fire potential of an area.
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