ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is participating in a weeklong program to help prevent wildfires in Alaska.
The agency is joining with state and federal fire agencies to encourage the public to be proactive in preparing for and preventing wildfires, especially in and near the state's national wildlife refuges.
The effort is called Alaska Wildland Fire and Prevention and Preparedness Week.
Agency officials say human-caused fires occur every year, and so far this year firefighters have responded to several, including ones started by debris burning, target shooting and poorly managed campfires.
More information is available on the national Firewise Website at www.firewise.org.