Document


Title

Wildfires in Alaska
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief
Publication Year: 2018

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Alaska wildfires
  • boreal forest
  • carbon emissions
  • climate
  • tundra ecosystem
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Record Last Modified: July 1, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58167

Description

From the Alaska Climate Change Adaption Series.

Wildfires are a natural part of the boreal ecosystem. Wildfires help maintain vegetation diversity, providing suitable habitats for wildlife, but wildfires can also present a threat to human values. Alaska has seen the frequency of large wildfire seasons increase recently, with four of the top 10 largest years (since 1940) occurring since 2004. How could changes in wildfire impact the ecosystems in Alaska? First, it is important to understand how and why the changes that are already underway are happening.

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