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Fires in Alaska
US Forest Service Fire Fighter

Managing Fires in Alaska

AICC Current Fires Map of Alaska 

  • At certain periods during a fire season, wildfires can be so widespread, numerous, or burning so hot that they cannot be put out easily.
  • Fire is a natural part of Alaska’s ecosystem. Many positive benefits of fire have been recognized.
  • Fire-suppression efforts sometimes are more damaging than the wildfire.

Fire is a part of the natural environmental cycle as well as a potential destroyer of life, property, and resources. 

In remote and unsettled areas, fires are monitored to assure they do not burn unchecked toward areas where human life or development could be threatened. This cooperative AICC plan is working well and has saved millions of local, state, and federal tax dollars.

Shipwreck Cove Fire 2013. Photo by AlaskaNPS. Fire facts Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Fire and Rescue practice in Kodiak. Smokey Bear

A profile view of a striking canvasback duck swimming in grassy waters. The bird has a red head and neck, black chest and tail feathers and white wings. Did You Know?
The fertile lakes of the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge generally harbor over 50,000 canvasbacks, which is more than the rest of Alaska, combined.