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The Alaska Fire Science Consortium’s success hinges on partnership between wildfire management and scientific organizations. Learn about our funders and partners below.

Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group
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AFSC aims to assist the Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG) by providing services such as workshop facilitation, website hosting, letters of support, and research summaries.

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 management statewide.

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.  


Joint Fire Science Program
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The Joint Fire Science Program funds AFSC as one of fifteen regional groups in the Fire Science Exchange Network. Together we are tasked with providing the most relevant, current wildland fire science information to Federal, Tribal, State, local, and private stakeholders within our ecologically similar regions. Fire science exchange networks facilitate collaboration among fire science experts, land managers, and policymakers, ensuring that cutting-edge research informs wildfire management decisions. 

Visit our Fire Science Exchange Network partner sites:

California Fire Science Consortium (CFSC)(link is external)

International Arctic Research Center, University of Fairbanks Alaska
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The Alaska Fire Science Consortium is situated within the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Troth Yeddha' campus. Our location helps us keep up to date with the latest wildfire science in the boreal and arctic. 

AFSC is aligned with IARC's research values: Useful & actionable, Deep understanding, Grounded in place, Inclusive & diverse, Innovative & skillful, Collaborative.

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In addition to our official partners above, AFSC regularly collaborates with the following groups.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.