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Fires in Alaska
 
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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 factsMembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Fire and Rescue practice in Kodiak.Smokey Bear


 
The northwestern Brooks Range Did You Know?
The most remote place in America is the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska. 120 miles from the closest road or habitation, it is the largest contiguous, roadless, & uninhabited place in the United States and is over 15 times more remote than the most remote place in the Lower 48.