About AFSC

The Alaska Fire Science Consortium

The AFSC is one of fifteen regional consortia supported by the Joint Fire Science Program and is part of a national fire science knowledge exchange network.  Our primary purpose is to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground application by promoting communication between managers and scientists, providing an organized fire science delivery platform, and facilitating collaborative scientist-manager research development.

Primary Goals:

  1. Coordinate current science delivery efforts. 
  2. Facilitate two-way communication between scientists and a diverse array of fire and land/resource managers. 
  3. Provide an organized, centralized arena for effectively delivering fire science information. 
  4. Work with managers to ensure that delivery and outreach mechanisms are practical and that they continue to evolve to with needs of the management community.

To ensure that these goals are achieved, the AFSC is guided by an interagency Advisory Board consisting of volunteers from a variety of different professional backgrounds. The Advisory Board meets periodically to help guide and evaluate the direction of Consortium activities, communicate and prioritize the needs of the research and management communities, and assist in organizing and implementing Consortium events.

AFSC Advisory Board

The AFSC Advisory Board is an interagency group designed to collectively guide and evaluate the activities of the Consortium. This board represents multiple  federal, state, and educational organizations throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.

Board membership also spans a variety of expertise including operations, fire planning, fire weather/meteorology, fuels, fire ecology, and forestry as well as representation from multiple Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG) Committees (Fire Research Development and Applications, Fire Prevention and Education, Fire Operations, Fire Weather, and Fire Modeling and Analysis).

AFSC's Advisory Board »

Consortium Staff


Principal Investigator
Sarah Trainor, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Fire Analyst
Robert "Zeke" Ziel, University of Alaska Fairbanks
cell 906-869-3355

AFSC Coordinator (Primary Contact)
Alison York, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Fire Ecologist
Randi Jandt, University of Alaska Fairbanks
907-474-5088; cell 541-398-8033

Science Communication Specialist
Zav Grabinski, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Contact AFSC

Primary Contact
Alison York
Phone: 907-474-6964
Fax: 907-474-7151

Mailing Address
Alaska Fire Science Consortium
University of Alaska Fairbanks
International Arctic Research Center
PO Box 757340
Fairbanks, AK 99775

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