Interagency cooperation is critical to how we respond to wildfires on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. By working with others we can minimize duplication of efforts and coordinate the use of limited firefighting resources.
The Bureau of Land Management-Alaska Fire Service and the State of Alaska Division of Forestry manage fires on refuges in Alaska. We work closely with these agencies while retaining overall responsibility for all fire management activities on refuges.
The cornerstone of this interagency cooperation is the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group. This group developed the Alaska Interagency Wildland Fire Management Plan, which outlines the initial response to and management of wildland fire in Alaska.
In addition, the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Program provides critical support for wildland fire preparedness and response efforts throughout Alaska and the nation.