Fire

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:

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.

Contact

Bobette Rowe
Assistant Director for Fire Operations
Anchorage, Alaska
Office: 907-743-9458
Cell: 907-205-1150
bobette.rowe@usda.gov

Key Contacts

Alaska Region

Bobette Rowe
Assistant Director for Fire Operations
Anchorage, Alaska
Office: 907-743-9458
Cell: 907-205-1150
bobette.rowe@usda.gov

State Fire Assistance

Sheila Walker
Cooperative Fire Program Specialist
Forest Service Alaska and Pacific Northwest Regions
Office: 360-956-2298
Cell: 503-313-2784
Sheila.Walker2@usda.gov

Federal Excess Personal Property

Phillip E. Barricklow
Administrative Operations Specialist FEPP/FFP Property Management Officer
Forest Service Pacific Northwest and Alaska Region
Office: 503-808-2236
Cell: 541-619-6441
phillip.barricklow@usda.gov

R10 Handcrew Assignment Tok Area

Handcrew busy working with helicopter support on a fire near Tok Alaska.