Who We Are: Fire Contacts

Two wildland crew members work to clear fire fuels from around a cabin.
Fire staff work to reduce the risk of fire around a cabin structure by thinning vegetation.

The National Park Service manages wildland fire to protect the public; park communities and infrastructure; conserve natural and cultural resources; and maintain and restore natural ecosystems and processes. The risks and expenses associated with planning and implementing fire management activities require exceptional skill and attention to detail. - National Park Service Director‘s Orders #18 Wildland Fire Management

The Alaska National Park Service Fire Management Program is comprised of regional staff and two area programs. Positions include leadership, regional specialists, forestry technicians, helicopter managers, assistants and support personnel.

Alaska Regional Wildland Fire Management Program Staff

The Alaska Regional Fire Management Officer, based in Anchorage, oversees fire management responsibilities in:
Aniakchak National Monument
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
Sitka National Historic Park

Regional Fire Management Officer
Chuck Russell
240 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 644-3409

Regional Fire GIS Specialist
Brian Sorbel
240 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 644-3413

Fire Weather Program Managers
Sharon Alden & Heidi Strader
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center
BLM Dept. #311
P.O. Box 35005
Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703
(907) 356-5691

Regional Fire Ecologists
Jennifer Barnes & Jennifer Hrobak
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 455-0652 / (907) 455-0656

Fire Communication & Education Specialist
Deborah Coble
240 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 644-3418

Fire Program Analyst
Sherrel Calhoon
240 W. 5th Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 644-3412

Western Area Fire Management

Western Area Fire Management, based in Denali National Park and Preserve, oversees fire management responsibilities in:
Denali National Park and Preserve,
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve,
Cape Krusenstern National Monument,
Kobuk Valley National Park,
Noatak National Preserve,
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Western Area Fire Management Officer
Larry Weddle
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-9548

Western Area Assistant Fire Management Officer
Keith Mitchell
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-9549

Western Area Fire Helicopter Manager
Jeremiah Boyd
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-6220

Western Area Fire Program Management Assistant
Susanna Nancarrow
Denali National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-6215

Eastern Area Fire Management

Eastern Area Fire Management has offices in Fairbanks and is responsible for fire activities in:
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve,
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve,
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Eastern Area Fire Management Officer
Jason Devcich
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 455-0650

Eastern Area Fire Helicopter Manager
Christopher Havener
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 455-0658

Eastern Area Fire Program Management Assistant
Amy Carr
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
4175 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 455-0609/0653

Although duties are delineated between the region and area programs, the entire program works as a team. Area programs support the region and region supports the area programs.

Interagency Partners

Our Interagency Partners

Last updated: July 10, 2018