Fire Management
Alaska Region   
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Fire is an important natural process on most of Alaska's 16 national wildlife refuges. However, we also recognize that unwanted wildfires need to be suppressed. We balance these goals by carefully planning our response to fire and by working cooperatively with local communities, the State of Alaska and other federal agencies.
Fire is a natural part of boreal forest and tundra ecosystems. Through research and monitoring we seek to improve our understanding of fire and its role on national wildlife refuges in Alaska and to make informed, science-based decisions about the management of fire.

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Because wildfires are a common occurrence in Alaska we plan for fire. On many refuges in Alaska, it's not a question of if there will be fire, but when. By planning, we are able to reduce the risks to life and property and to maintain the health of ecosystems.
Interagency cooperation is critical to how we respond to wildfire on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. By working with others, we can minimize duplication of efforts and coordinate the use of limited firefighting resources. fire.viewed.from.a.helicopter
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program is a collaborative effort to reduce the threat of wildfire to communities within and adjacent to our national wildlife refuges. burning.of.piles.of.woody.debris
Fire burns thousands of acres in Alaska each year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service developed the "Role of Fire in Alaska" curriculum to help students learn about the role of fire in boreal forest and tundra ecosystems. kath.sarns.drawing.of.moose.eating.fireweed
There are many additional sources of information about fire.

Alaska FWS Fire Management Offices

Southwest Area - Soldotna
Serving the Kenai, Kodiak, Togiak and Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuges (907) 262-7021 or Toll Free (877) 285-5628

Eastern Interior - Fairbanks
Serving the Arctic, Kanuti, Tetlin, and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuges (907) 456-0329 or Toll Free (877) 220-1853

Northwest Area - Galena
Serving the Koyukuk-Nowitna, Innoko, and Selawik National Wildlife Refuges (907) 656-1231 or Toll Free (800) 656-1231

For questions regarding fire management activities at national wildlife refuges not listed above, please contact the Regional Fire Management Coordinator in Anchorage at (907) 786-3497.


Last Updated: October 28, 2014