Alaska's Changing Wildfire Environment
Document Type: Guide / Handbook / Manual / Protocol
Author(s): Zav Grabinski; Heather McFarland
Publication Year: 2020

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Record Last Modified: November 17, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 62408


This outreach booklet aims to convey the rapidly changing patterns of wildfire in Alaska by looking into the phases of fire. Patterns emerging in the 21st century are the primary focus, with earlier histories of management, climate and fire being drawn upon for context. An intensified pattern of wildfire is emerging in Alaska as rapidly increasing temperatures and longer growing seasons alter the state's environment. Both tundra and boreal forest regions are seeing larger and more frequent fires. The impacts of these fires are felt across the entire state. The wildland fire environment of Alaska presents many unique opportunities and challenges. In response to changing wildfire patterns, Alaska's fire management agencies are adapting quickly. The use of remote sensing tools, such as data from satellites, and science-based decision making have been a critical component in responding to intensified wildfire seasons.

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Grabinski, Z. & H. R. McFarland. (2020). Alaska’s changing wildfire environment [outreach booklet]. Alaska Fire Science Consortium, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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