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Everyone loves a good story. Here are some that highlight best practices and lessons learned from the Alaska National Park Service Wildland Fire Management Program. Read on and enjoy!

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What Happens After a Tundra Fire? Noatak NP

Noatak National Preserve, Alaska Cohesive Strategy—Maintain and Restore Resilient Landscapes

Fire sweeps across the tundra during a dry summer and one year later, cotton-grass tussocks bloom vibrantly. . .

Wrangell-St. Elias NP Residents & Fire Staff Create Firewise Zone

Wrangell-St. Elias Residents and Fire Staff Create Firewise Zone

Wildfire happens in Alaska, and residents who live in the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve are ready.



In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire Exhibit

In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire Exhibit

Nine Alaskan artists unveiled works of art inspired by wildfire, fire management, and fire science at "In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire" exhibit. . .



Fire Ecologists Ask the Right Questions to Find the Right Answers

Fire Ecologists Ask the Right Questions to Find the Right Answers

What happens to an Alaskan forest when fire management conducts a thinning project? What happens when a forest is burned multiple times. . .

Youth Study Succession after Fire and Flood in Yukon-Charley Rivers NP

Youth Study Succession after Fire and Flood in Yukon-Charley Rivers NP

In early September 2011, the NPS Fire Ecology Program staff held the 7th annual field-based education program. . .

Online Tool Tracks Seasonal Fire Danger in Alaska

Online Tool Tracks Seasonal Fire Danger in Alaska

FWIST graphically shows fire indices and related fire weather parameters such as relative humidity, precipitation, and wind speed during Alaska's fire seasons. . .

Alaskans Create Fire Break to Protect Community of McCarthy - Wrangell-St.Elias NP

Alaskans Create Fire Break to Protect Community of McCarthy – Wrangell-St.Elias NP

Residents of McCarthy had an eye opening experience when the 2009 Chakina Fire burned more than 50,000 acres and advanced close enough that ash and embers fell on the community. . .

In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire-Denali NP

In a Time of Change: The Art of Fire–Denali NP

On a warm and sunny day in late July 2011, artists, fire ecologists, and interpretive staff explored, studied, and artistically interpreted the 2002 Horseshoe Lake Fire. . .

Daily Fire Weather Forecasts Go Digital

Daily Fire Weather Forecasts Go Digital

Weather forecasters sometimes like to jokingly remind people that, "We're in sales, not production!"

Working with Winter Elements, Fire Management, Denali Kennels Staff & Sled Dogs Get the Job Done!

Working with Winter Elements, Fire Management, Denali Kennels Staff & Sled Dogs Get the Job Done!

On February 11, 2011 park mushers and two dog sled teams transported staff to the backcountry cabin. For two days, fire employees ignited and monitored piles of woody debris. . .



Communication Opens the Door for Successful Fire Management

Communication Opens the Door for Successful Fire Management

There are many useful tools available to assist fire managers in making decisions and managing fires, but oftentimes communication is the key to successfully managing a fire.

Chokosna Residents & Wrangell-St. Elias NP Create Firewise Zone

Chokosna Residents and Wrangell-St. Elias Create Firewise Zone

Wildland fire happens in Alaska. In fact, nearly three million acres burned across the state in 2009. As in the past, fire will again threaten some Alaskans' residences. Are they prepared? Jack and Susan Smith of Chokosna are ready.

Chakina Fire, Wrangell-St. Elias NP:
Community Meeting in McCarthy Paves Way to Sound Relationships

Community Meeting in McCarthy Paves Way to Sound Relationships

On July 22, 2009, residents of the small Alaskan community of McCarthy gathered to meet with officials working on the Chakina Fire, a wildland fire ignited by lightning on July 2 and burning roughly 10 miles south of town.

Chakina Fire, Wrangell-St. Elias NP:
Managing Wildfires with Ping Pong Balls

Managing Wildfires with Ping Pong Balls

Two hundred feet above the banks of the Chitina River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a helicopter flies over sections of forest and drops thousands of chemical-filled plastic spheres, more informally called, "ping pong balls."

Eagle Community School - Annual Ecology Education Program

Eagle Community School – Annual Ecology Education Program

In 2009, the Alaska National Park Service Fire Ecology Program conducted the 5th year of a field-based education program for the Eagle Community School in Eagle, Alaska.

Cabin Database Success in Alaska National Parks

Cabin Database Success in Alaska National Parks

Beginning in the early 1980's, the Alaska Fire Management Program began documenting structures in Alaska national parks in order to prioritize them for protection from wildland fire.

Chakina Fire, Wrangell-St. Elias NP:
Chakina Fire Provides Research Opportunity

Chakina Fire Provides Research Opportunity

Active management of the fire seems to be over when most of the crews demobilize, however, the work doesn't end when the last smoke finally goes out.

Chakina Fire, Wrangell-St. Elias NP:
Keeping the Public Informed

Keeping the Public Informed

Smoke is billowing over the ridge. Flames are shooting into the sky. Residents near the fire are on pins and needles wondering what is going to happen.

First Firewise Projects in Western Arctic Parklands

NPS Southeast Region Conducts Second Annual Fire Interpretation Workshop

During the summer of 2009, Western Area Fire Management completed two inaugural Firewise projects in Noatak National Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park.

Chakina Fire, Wrangell-St. Elias NP:
Fire, an Infrequent Visitor, Comes to the Copper River Basin

Fire, an Infrequent Visitor, Comes to the Copper River Basin

The Copper River Basin of Alaska once teemed with mining activity. Now a quiet and remote area within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, it's been nearly a century since the last known large wildfires burned in the basin.

Chakina Fire, Wrangell-St. Elias NP:
McCarthy Volunteer Firefighters: A Vital Park of the Community

McCarthy Volunteer Firefighters: A Vital Park of the Community

The Chakina Fire was ignited by lightning on July 2, 2009 near the remote Alaskan towns of McCarthy and Kennecott. The park had not had a wildland fire of significant size since 1981 and the immediate McCarthy area had not seen a wildfire in the park's recorded history.



A Community & Interagency Fire Management Effort Brings Wildland Fire Awareness to the Copper River Valley

A Community & Interagency Fire Management Effort Brings Wildland Fire Awareness to the Copper River Valley

In anticipation of the 2006 wildland fire season, DNR/DOF Fire Management Officer and the Wrangell Institute for Science and the Environment together educated the Copper River Valley communities at risk to fire. . .

Alaskan Natives & NPS Eastern Area Fire Management Remove Hazard Trees from Historic Mining District

Alaskan Natives & NPS Eastern Area Fire Management Remove Hazard Trees from Historic Mining District

uring the 2004 Alaska fire season over 6.7 million acres burned, the most acres burned since fire reporting began in the 1950's. . .

Did Fire Managers Reduce the Wildland Fire Risk at Denali NP Headquarters?

Did Fire Managers Reduce the Wildland Fire Risk at Denali N P Headquarters?

The island of Denali National Park and Preserve headquarters is surrounded by a sea of boreal forest. The highly flammable black spruce and tall white spruce significantly complicate the ability of firefighters. . .



Last Updated: February 14, 2014