National Forest System (NFS)

Alaska Region Fire Handcrew
Alaska Region Fire Handcrew



  • Protection of national forest resources and other associated values from losses caused by wildfire.
  • Use of prescribed fire to meet land and resource management goals and objectives.


Program Description

The National Forest System (NFS) Fire Management program is made up of the following components: fire detection, fire prevention, fire planning, fire pre-suppression, fire dispatching, fire weather, fire suppression, prescribed fire, and fuels management.

Cohesive Strategy

Wildfire crosses all boundaries and jurisdictions. Meeting the challenges of wildfire calls for an all-lands, all-hands approach that will leverage the assets and expertise of partners across the nation's landscapes. Through the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, federal, state, and local governments; tribes; and non-government organizations are building the framework that will promote resilient ecosystems, protect communities, and provide effective response to wildfire

Key Points

Integrate consideration of fire protection and use into the formulation and evaluation of land and resource management objections, prescriptions, and practices.

Provide a cost-efficient level of wildfire protection on National Forest System lands commensurate with values at risk. The priority is protection of life.

Through cooperative agreements, provide the most efficient mix of resources to protect wildland within Alaska and along the border of British Columbia.

Protect, maintain, and enhance the ecosystem health of national forest resources through fire and fuels management.


Bobette Rowe
Zone Fire Management Officer
Office: 907-743-9458
Cell: 907-205-1150


Chugach NF support helping on the Sockeye Fire in 2015 near Willow Alaska.

Chugach NF support helping on the Sockeye Fire in 2015 near Willow Alaska.

Pile Burn-Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Igniting a burn pile at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.