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Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week: April 28-May 4, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, supports Alaska Wildland
Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week, April 28-May 4, 2013, as proclaimed
by Governor Sean Parnell.  Joining with other Federal and State fire
agencies, the Fish and Wildlife Service encourages Alaska residents and
visitors to prepare for and prevent wildfires throughout Alaska, and
especially in and near our National Wildlife Refuges.

While lightning-caused fires are a part of a natural process that maintains
healthy forests and wildlife habitat, it is human-caused fires that pose
the most direct and preventable risk to residents, visitors, and
firefighters.  Alaskans must use precautions and practice wildfire
prevention and preparedness to protect communities that are surrounded by
and intermingled with undeveloped lands.

*Prevent!*  Remember, it only takes a spark to start a fire. Unwanted,
human-caused fires pose the most direct but preventable risk to public
safety as they are likely to occur in close proximity to towns, villages
and communities near undeveloped lands. Be cautious with anything that
could start a wildfire.  Recreational activities can lead to unintentional
fires.  Learn about safe burning practices, debris burning, and burn
barrels at:  http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/ and
http://www.youtube.com/user/AlaskaDNRDOF

*Prepare!  *How fast can your house run?  Homeowners can take effective
measures to protect their homes and property.  Adopting Firewise principles
can reduce the risk of damage or loss due to a wildfire.  Learn more at
http://www.firewise.org

*Be Aware!  *Become familiar with sources of information about fire.  The
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website, http://fire.ak.blm.gov,
provides current information about fire in Alaska, including fire weather,
fire danger, air quality, maps and more.

*The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others
to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a
leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our
scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources,
dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more
information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets
at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at
http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq*.

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