Wildland Fire

smoke rises behind mountains in the Sandless Fire in Denali NP
Smoke rising from the Sandless Fire in Denali National Park & Preserve, 2013. NPS Photo

To report a wildland fire in Alaska call: 911 or 1-800-237-3633

Practicing the art & science of fire management in order to protect, preserve, & enhance park resources & values.

The National Park Service, Alaska Wildland Fire Management is committed to safety, science, and stewardship. The safety of firefighters and the public is the No. 1 priority of all fire management activities.

In Alaska, fire is a natural part of boreal forest and tundra ecosystems.  Fire helps release valuable nutrients trapped in the soil and rejuvenates the vegetation. Fire also makes new homes for many different species of animals by leaving standing dead and fallen trees. The Alaska wildfire season typically begins in late May and ends in late July. On average, one million acres burn statewide each year.

During the summer months we manage wildfires, preserve natural and cultural resources, and reduce the fire risk to park sensitive sites by making them Firewise. In order to manage fires safely and effectively, in the fall, winter and spring, we write, revise, and review our plans for fire management, fuels treatment, operations, strategies, readiness reviews, fire monitoring and more. We meet to discuss and put into action lessons learned and best practices. Year- round we make maps for the plans, the public, and firefighters. We are students of fire. We study fire behavior, fire weather and danger, and the effects of fire on landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife. We speak and write about how fire managers balance the risks and benefits of fire with our peers, public, and partners. We attend local, state, and national meetings and conferences to maintain and build upon our cohesive strategy with our partners. We train and train some more. We recruit and hire employees for the summer season. We complete administrative paperwork. Explore the images below for more information on NPS Alaska wildland fire management.

View NPS Employee Sharepoint site with training links and more.

What We Do

The NPS Fire Management staff in Alaska manage large and long-lasting fires by balancing the risks and benefits of fire. Committed to safety, science, and resource stewardship, the NPS works with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, State of Alaska Division of Forestry and the United States Forest Service to respond to fires as a team. NPS fire staff work with communities, local, state, federal and native organizations to ensure Alaskans and visitors are safe and our landscapes healthy.

Visit our Wildland Fire Facts to know more about our fire management program in Alaska parklands.

Below is a map of the Current Fire Locations and Perimeters. This is a live map, so data changes as new fires occur, grow or are declared out. Data for this map is provided by BLM Alaska Fire Service.

Last updated: August 19, 2022