Learning Experience

Wildfire Board Game

Think through wildfire

A personalized wildfire experience in 15 minutes. Members of a household must think through their actions as they imagine evacuating and returning to a damaged neighborhood.

Fire imagination

Our interactive board game spurs a household to imagine that their home is under threat from a wildfire, taking them from having to evacuate through coming home to a damaged neighborhood. Grounded in their real-life circumstances, players experience how the decisions they make before, during and after an actual fire can affect their options and well-being.

  • Played by one or more members of a household at a time
  • Promotes understanding of key household preparedness and response actions
  • Invites curiosity about hazards and best practices
  • 10-15 minute play time
  • One game facilitator (self-directed versions coming)
  • Available in English and Spanish

Our interactive board game spurs a household to imagine that their home is under threat from a wildfire, taking them from having to evacuate through coming home to a damaged neighborhood. Grounded in their real-life circumstances, players experience how the decisions they make before, during and after an actual fire can affect their options and well-being.

  • Played by one or more members of a household at a time
  • Promotes understanding of key household preparedness and response actions
  • Invites curiosity about hazards and best practices
  • 10-15 minute play time
  • One game facilitator (self-directed versions coming)
  • Available in English and Spanish

“I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s really innovative, very creative!”

— Abigail Flores, Napa Valley COAD

An entire wildfire in 15 minutes

1

Who are we?

To start the game, players set up game pieces to represent their household and circumstances, providing a physical picture of who and what they will need to evacuate.

1

Who are we?

To start the game, players set up game pieces to represent their household and circumstances, providing a physical picture of who and what they will need to evacuate.

2

Ready and … go!

A spin of the Wheel of Fate determines the status of the fire, dictating the urgency of the situation. Players must decide what actions they will take (if any) to protect lives and home before evacuating.

2

Ready and … go!

A spin of the Wheel of Fate determines the status of the fire, dictating the urgency of the situation. Players must decide what actions they will take (if any) to protect lives and home before evacuating.

3

Evacuated!

More spins of the Wheel of Fate determine how long the evacuation lasts, prompting reflection on the realities of not being able to go home for an extended period.

3

Evacuated!

More spins of the Wheel of Fate determine how long the evacuation lasts, prompting reflection on the realities of not being able to go home for an extended period.

4

Coming home …

Players’ real-life preparations and in-game actions, and a final Wheel spin, determines how their home has fared. To win, players must ensure that their household is safe, and has what they need to restart their lives.

4

Coming home …

Players’ real-life preparations and in-game actions, and a final Wheel spin, determines how their home has fared. To win, players must ensure that their household is safe, and has what they need to restart their lives.

“This is great! I’m a retired firefighter, and it’s even making me think. I learned something!”

— Scott T. Parkhurst, retired firefighter

Inspire

Players engage in an imaginary wildfire, but make decisions in the very real context of their own household’s circumstances. This encourages them to focus on what is immediately relevant to them, set their own priorities, and inspires a desire to take one or more specific actions to improve their preparedness.

Educate

The game is designed around key elements of household wildfire preparedness and promotes best practices. Topics addressed include ember danger, defensible space, home hardening, evacuation planning, local alerts, and staying informed. Players get to validate what they know, discover gaps in their knowledge, and discuss their questions with an expert.

Educate

The game is designed around key elements of household wildfire preparedness and promotes best practices. Topics addressed include ember danger, defensible space, home hardening, evacuation planning, local alerts, and staying informed. Players get to validate what they know, discover gaps in their knowledge, and discuss their questions with an expert.

Empower

The game poses players with challenges and then gives them the freedom to choose their actions. As events unfold, they see the consequences of earlier decisions, discovering what control they have over the safety and comfort of their household in a wildfire. By the end of the game, players have sketched out their own evacuation and recovery plan.

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“I think this kind of training is the way of the future. We’re past the point of PDFs and PowerPoints.”

— Jonathan Niksa, Napa Fire Safe Council