Alaska Enters Fire Season: What Villages Need to Know About Fire Management
“Alaska is transitioning into fire season with a forecast of Above Normal potential along the main road corridors for the month of May, with a return to Normal potential for June through August. As snow retreats in the southern parts of the state, human-caused fires will pop up in early to mid-May. By late May, most of the state will be snow-free, and fire activity will be on the rise, reaching its peak with more lightning starts around the summer solstice.” – National Interagency Fire Center, May 2019
Now that Alaska is entering the fire season, there are few things that Doyon-region villages should keep in mind. Doyon, Limited will be in contact with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Forestry frequently during the fire season. Doyon provides these organizations with current Native land status and contact information for village corporations in the Interior.
Doyon also makes sure that the fire management officers for the different areas are aware of Native allotment locations. The Tanana Chiefs Conference realty office is the primary contact for the agencies regarding Native allotment information.
Fires will be fought with varying intensity based on fire suppression levels that are decided by the village corporations with assistance from Doyon, AFS and DNR. If village corporations wish to change these suppression levels for their area, please contact the Doyon lands department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-459-2030.