Fire & Fuels
The U.S. Forest Service is one of three protecting agencies in Alaska providing wildfire suppression services to jurisdictional agencies within their area of operation.
Fire, Fuels & Aviation staff works with National Forest System Management and State and Private Forestry programs in the Alaska Region. These programs emphasize public safety, public health, employee safety and employee health through risk identification and risk management.
Fire management planning, preparedness, suppression operations, prescribed fire and related activities are coordinated on an interagency basis with the full involvement of various federal, state and local government cooperators.
The U.S. Forest Service is one of three protecting agencies in the State of Alaska. Protecting agencies provide wildfire suppression services to jurisdictional agencies within their area of operation. Protecting agencies are responsible for implementing courses of action that support strategic direction provided by jurisdictional agencies through land/resource management plans, unit Fire Management Plans, and decision documents for incidents developed through a decision support process. The protecting agency may provide operational expertise and assist, as requested, in the development of jurisdictional strategic objectives and management requirements.
To promote cost-effective suppression services and minimize unnecessary duplication of suppression systems, three protecting agencies have been delegated suppression responsibility for all lands in Alaska based on geographic location instead of jurisdictional authority:
- Alaska Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry
- Bureau of Land Management – Alaska Fire Service
Each protecting agency responds to all wildfires within their area of responsibility regardless of jurisdictional agency. Agreements and annual operating plans delineate services and billing procedures in accordance with state and federal laws.
Assistant Director for Fire Operations