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Listening to what a record-breaking wildfire sounds like

Andy Day

20th February 2017

The 2016 wildfire that devastated the town of Fort McMurray in Canada is the focus for this BBC Radio 4 'Costing the Earth' audio programme.

Informative and moving at the same time, this 30 minute programme considers the reason wildfires are becoming more frequent together with witness accounts.

It is an ideal 'flipped learning' exercise for A level students to listen to and note down the key points that occur to them as they absorb the reality of your town being engulfed by fire, and then sharing them in class to see if they identified similar messages.

Read about the causes, consequences and prevention techniques relating to this increasingly likely natural hazard.

MORE: Find more wildfire-related resources

Andy Day

Andy recently finished being a classroom geographer after 35 years at two schools in East Yorkshire as head of geography, head of the humanities faculty and director of the humanities specialism. He has written extensively about teaching and geography - with articles in the TES, Geography GCSE Wideworld and Teaching Geography.

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