Preparing for and preventing wildfires in 2024 | Talk of Alaska

a smoky fire
The Delta Fire burns on July 30, 2023 in the Donnelly Training Area southeast of Fairbanks. The fire, which started on July 26, was among those sparked by waves of lightning strikes that arrived in Alaska in late July. It ultimately grew to over 57,000 acres, according to wildfire managers. (Photo by Lakota Burwell/Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service)

Wildfire is inevitable in Alaska, but weather conditions and human behavior have a lot to do with how big a fire season will be and how much acreage is burned. What is the outlook for this year’s fire season, and what are the best ways to protect your property and community from fire? Are state and federal managers preparing for an average or big year for firefighting? We discuss the 2024 wildfire seasonal outlook on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Lily Coyle, Public Information Officer, Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection
  • Beth Ipsen, Public Affairs, Alaska Fire Service
  • Eric Stevens, Meteorologist, National Park Service and AICC
  • Rick Thoman, Climate Specialist at UAF



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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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