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Fires in Alaska
 

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Shipwreck Cove Fire 2013. Photo by AlaskaNPS. Fire facts Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Fire and Rescue practice in Kodiak. Smokey Bear
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Current Fire News
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center
- Current Alaska wildland fire information

AICC Current Fires Map - Imagery of current fires throughout Alaska

National Park Service Fire Information - Current information about active fires in Alaska's national Parks

Tok Fire Information - current fire information for specific areas

For up to date information on summer fire conditions in Alaska, you can follow
http://twitter.com/alaskanps

Managing Fire in Alaska
Wildfires in Alaska burn hundreds of thousands of acres every year. Although aggressive fire suppression is a high priority for all agencies, the management objectives for suppression have been modified to integrate resource-management goals with fire protection by the “Fire Protection Levels.” The primary reasons for this change are:

  • 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.

For these reasons, Alaska’s state, federal, and private land managers got together in the late 1970s and developed a plan for cooperative fire fighting; The Alaska Interagency Fire Management Council. 


The plan recognizes that fire is a part of the natural environmental cycle as well as a potential destroyer of life, property, and resources. The plan divides the state into fire-suppression areas based on natural fire breaks and the objectives of land managers—because fire does not recognize political boundaries.


The plan focuses fire-suppression near communities and valuable natural resources. In remote and unsettled areas, fires will be monitored to assure they do not burn unchecked toward areas where human life or development could be threatened. This cooperative plan is working well and has saved millions of local, state, and federal tax dollars.



If you are an educator make sure to visit our Statewide Education Kits page for information on how to check out the Fire in Alaska Kit, or kits on many other subjects, for use with your students!





 
Black and white photo of a small, single prop floatplane as it banks left. Did You Know?
On a typical summer day, over 800 floatplanes take off and land at Lake Hood in Anchorage, making it the world’s largest and busiest seaplane base in the world.