Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG)

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Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG)

Fosters safety, cooperation, coordination, collaboration and communication for wildland fire management and related-activities in the State of Alaska. The AWFCG is the leadership focus for planning and implementing interagency fire managment statwide.


Subcommittees of AWFCG include :


- The Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee (FMAC)

Providing specific expertise to the interagency fire management community.


-The Fire Research Development and Application Committee (FRDAC) 

Identifying fire management research needs, facilitating co-production of solutions, and integrating new developments and technologies into fire management decisions.  The committee is a link between fire managers and research institutions.  

Alaska NSF EPSCoR Boreal Fires Team

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The Boreal Fires team is part of “Fire and Ice,” a five-year research project funded by the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Boreal Fires scientists are using hyperspectral imaging to study fire fuels, behavior and severity; incorporating improved data on lightning, climate and fuels into seasonal fire outlooks; and improving understanding of the economics of fire management and the impacts of wildfire to ecosystem services.


Related links:

Alaska NSF EPSCoR Home page

Alaska NSF EPSCoR Data Portal

Alaska NSF EPSCoR2020 Spring Update Presentation


National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG): Fire Behavior Subcommittee

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The Fire Behavior Subcommittee (FBSC) provides national leadership in fire behavior assessment and prediction in support of effective fire management decision-making. They have provided support for the AFSC fire science network, helping us to develop training courses, job aids and foster understanding of Alaska's unique situation and solutions.  


Related Links:

Fire Behavior Subcommittee Resources

Fire Behavior Subcommittee Video Library

Wildland Fire Education and Training Colloborative Video Library

COMET: Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior Course (S-290)

Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC)

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The IARPC Wildfires Collaboration Team strives to address research gaps and areas for improvement in knowledge relating to wildfire activity, succession, and effects on local communities in the Arctic, specifically focusing on the tundra environment.


Related Links:

Intensification of Fire in High Latitudes, Executive Summary »

Anaktuvuk River Fire 2007-2011 Final Report (BLM) »

IARPC Webinars »

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) »


Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Canada Wildfire)

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The Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Canada Wildfire) was initiated in June 2009, through a Memorandum of Understanding signed by three founding partners: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF), University of Alberta School of Forest Science and Management (UofA), and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Northern Forestry Centre (NoFC). Originally known as the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, it was formed to address priority research needs by creating a fire science hub that linked AAF and NoFC with researchers at the UofA and other Canadian and international research institutions. In 2019, the partnership expanded with BC Wildfire Service joining.