Alaska News

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Column: Never miss another fire grant application period

Recently, the 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program opened and closed within a 29-day period. There was approximately a 10-day notice before the grant period opened. Were you prepared or were you one of those who spent the entire period complaining about how quickly the program opened and closed? If I had a dollar for every complaint, I heard during the 2018 AFG grant period, I would be a rich man right now. Doesn’t FEMA realize that October is Fire Prevention month? Don’t they know that my state grant is due this month? Doesn’t FEMA realize that there were two hurricanes? And on and on the complaints went. Believe me, FEMA realizes all those things and more. The real question is, when are potential applicants going to realize that there is no reason for them to be surprised by grant openings and closings?

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Alaska firefighters sent to battle California wildfires

Some Alaskans are helping with the California wildfire response. Alaska Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says the state is one of several being tapped for assistance through the National Interagency Coordination Center. ”With the activity they’ve got going down there, those fires and the severity of them, there is a shortage of resources,” Mowry said. “So they have had to reach out to other areas.” Mowry says Alaska firefighting crews disband for the winter, but some fire management professionals are available to fill a variety of response jobs in California. ”So mostly, it’s management and overhead, safety officers, field observers, division supervisors,” Mowry said. “There was an order for a public information officer the other day. But mainly it’s management and supervisory positions.” Mowry says the assignments are for two weeks, but can be extended an additional week. ”Given the situation in California and the volatility of these fires in the fields down there, who knows how long these events are gonna go on,” Mowry said.
Alaska Public Radio Network

Sign up to subscribe to custom state Daily Dispatch emails for free

click to subscribe