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About the Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee (FMAC)

The purpose of the  Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (AWFCG) - Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee (FMAC) is to provide cohesive direction and collaborative response to address interagency needs for fire modeling and analysis within Alaska. This committee provides comprehensive integration and coordination in support of statewide data needs, analysis and modeling concepts and training/mentoring. It also provides consolidated responses to data and information requests to ensure Alaska-specific needs, anomalies, and conditions are supported in national systems. The FMAC has also been designated by the AWFCG as the Alaska liaison and point of contact for the LANDFIRE project.

Charter  (2011; pdf, 65 KB)

FMAC Members

Lisa Saperstein, USFWS (CHAIR)
Regional Fire Ecologist

Kato Howard, BLM - AFS
State Fuels Management Specialist

Bobette Rowe, USFS
Fire Management Officer 

Rick Stratton, USFS/BLM
Regional Fire Analyst 


Rachel Loehman, USGS (CO-CHAIR)
Research Landscape Ecologist 

Nathan Lojewski, Chugachmiut
Forestry Manager
(AWFCG Liaison)

Brian Sorbel, NPS 
GIS Specialist

Robert Ziel, AFSC
Fire Analyst


Jennifer Barnes, NPS
Regional Fire Ecologist

Eric Miller, BLM - AFS
Fire Ecologist

Tom St. Clair, BLM 
Fairbanks District Fire Management






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 WFDSS Fire Behavior Specialists in Alaska for 2017



 Contact Us

Please contact FMAC Chair Lisa Saperstein or your agency representative if you are interested in participating in fire modeling webinars/discussions or would like to assist in modeling this fire season.

Lisa Saperstein
FMAC Chair
Regional Fire Ecologist