Fire Information

The size and geographic diversity of the Chugach National Forest allow many different levels of Fire Danger. There are over five million acres of forest.

The level listed on the front page of this website indicates the highest level across the forest. For more specific information, use the links provided on this page. 


District divisions for fire page

Fire Danger by District
Eastern Kenai Peninsula Prince William Sound Copper River Delta
Low Low Low

Current Updates

Chugach National Forest Plans Pile Burns

Fire management personnel from the Chugach National Forest will begin prescribed fire implementation on forest lands near Hope, Granite Creek Campground, and Moose Pass.

These pile burn operations will begin mid-November and may last through the winter. Pile burning completes hazardous fuels treatment objectives by removing piled slash.

  • Smoke is expected to be visible from the following locations:
  • Seward Highway near Granite Creek Campground (Mile 63-64) to the intersection of Hope Highway
  • South of Hope along Palmer Creek Road
  • Anchorage residents or surrounding areas may also see smoke rising from Hope.
  • Residual smoke may be visible during morning and evening hours in the vicinity of the Seward Highway.

Follow @ChugachForestAK for information regarding this prescribed fire project. 

For more information, please contact the Seward Ranger District at 907-288-3178.

Download a poster in PDF format of this information, including related maps, by clicking here.

Wildfire Updates

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center provides current fire information and maps.

News Releases

Planned Pile Burns

Archived News releases

Emergency Orders and Alerts

  • There are no alerts at this time.

While we appreciate the public asking about donations to firefighters, the best way to support them is to stay clear of the fire area (they need to focus on the fire), take cautions to prevent fires, and visit Wildland Firefighter Foundation for more information about helping firefighters.

Be Responsible with Campfires and Open Flame

Unwanted human caused fires pose the most direct, but preventable, risk to public safety.  Always use caution.

Remember: You are responsible for the fires you start. Follow these guidelines to extinguish your fire completely:

Follow these guidelines to keep your fire from going WILD!

  • Extinguish Fires completely
  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash is possible
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers
  • Pour till hissing sound stops
  • Stir the ashes and embers with a shovel
  • Scrape any remaining  logs to remove embers
  • Make sure everything is cold to the touch
  • If you do not have water, use dirt or sand by mixing in with embers

If it’s too hot to touch, It’s too hot to leave!

Do not bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

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