Wildland fire prevention and preparedness week…

April 11, 2015 9:13 a.m.

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…Starts today! Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed a proclamation declaring April 11-17 as Alaska Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week.

The Alaska wildland fire season is fast approaching. Yes, I know it’s snowing today: current weather forecasts suggest that the warm weather experienced during the winter months is likely to continue throughout spring. Light snowpack and exposed dry fuels provide opportunity for early fire starts. Fire season is inevitable. Now is the time for us all to prepare and develop a plan to protect family and property.

Today is Day 1: From now till May, let’s focus on Planning. Learn how you can work with others to prepare against wildfire and its risks, as well as preparing financially to recover.

Let’s start preparing our wildfire prevention and safety plans! A link to the Red Cross Wild Fire Safety Checklist is provided to help you get started: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340149_Wildfire.pdf

Make your wildland fire safety plans today and share within your communities. Let’s make 2015 a “Year of living less dangerously from wildfire.” http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/wildland-fires/year-of-living-less-dangerously

About afsakfireinfo

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 240 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with over $15 million in inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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