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!Skip to year:
2014Back to top
2013Back to top
Lightning ignited the Castle Rocks fire in the deep backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve in early July, 2013.
Fire sweeps across the tundra during a dry summer and one year later, cotton-grass tussocks bloom vibrantly. . .
How dry is it? The amount of moisture in various types of vegetation can help fire managers determine if a fire is likely to start and how it might behave. . .
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.
2012Back to top
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. . .
2011Back to top
What happens to an Alaskan forest when fire management conducts a thinning project? What happens when a forest is burned multiple times. . .
In early September 2011, the NPS Fire Ecology Program staff held the 7th annual field-based education program. . .
FWIST graphically shows fire indices and related fire weather parameters such as relative humidity, precipitation, and wind speed during Alaska's fire seasons. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Weather forecasters sometimes like to jokingly remind people that, "We're in sales, not production!"
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. . .
2009Back to top
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the summer of 2009, Western Area Fire Management completed two inaugural Firewise projects in Noatak National Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park.
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.
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.
2006Back to top
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
uring the 2004 Alaska fire season over 6.7 million acres burned, the most acres burned since fire reporting began in the 1950's. . .
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. . .