Work in teams to gather data specific to your local area. Use your best research skills to learn the following:
To find out
Population size, rural or urban?
National parks, endangered animals?
Length of hot and dry seasons, rainfall, lightning strikes, prevailing wind speed and direction?
Bureau of Meteorology
Vegetation types, area and density of vegetation, forest types: old growth, rainforest etc, wetlands, grasslands?
Flat or undulating landscape, mountains, rivers, dams?
Scar trees, rock art, burial places, water holes, historic sites?
Town centres, developments, homes, infrastructure eg power lines, bridges, historic sites, old growth forest?
Roads: one or two-way, 4WD access, any barriers: eg sand, fences and creeks?
Fire trucks, hydrants, rivers, tanks, bores, static water supply?
Local fire brigade
Fire knowledge and management
Cool burn methods used locally, plans from the local fire brigade?
Local fire brigade, Aboriginal community knowledge, Cool Australia website