The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 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 a $10 million 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.
July 14, 2016 – High temperatures coupled with more than 18,000 lightning strikes throughout Alaska in the past two days resulted in 43 new ignitions and increased activity on already burning fires with more of the same anticipated this evening…. Read More ›
July 13, 2016 – People driving the Dalton Highway or flying near Bettles may see smoke from two fires burning in the area. The Bureau of Land Management Fairbanks District Office and BLM Alaska Fire Service have received numerous reports… Read More ›
July 7, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service continues to work on protecting cabins and allotments from a fire burning on the east side of Iniakuk Lake located about 42 miles northwest of Bettles. The Iniakuk Fire (#320) activity slowed on Tuesday due to higher humidity levels and cloud cover in the area,… Read More ›