LISTEN: Fire season is getting longer. How can Alaskans better prepare?

The McKinley fire as seen from the air. (Photo by Clay Dillard, via KTNA)

Most of the snow is gone, summer is around the corner and with it comes the danger of wildfire. Warmer, drier conditions have fueled devastating fire seasons in Interior and South Central in recent years. Better coordination between state and federal agencies can not only help with responding to fires, but preventing them too. How are the experts planning for the coming summer?

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Kale Casey, Public Information Officer, Type 1 Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team
  • Tim Mowry, Public Information Officer, Alaska Division of Forestry Wildland Fire & Aviation Program



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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