The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of fire in land management. Our members include scientists, educators, students, managers, practitioners, policymakers, and interested citizens. Anyone who supports our mission can become a member of AFE and through active involvement can help shape the emerging profession and growing field of fire ecology.

Upcoming Conferences

Large Wildland Fires:  Social, Political and Ecological Effects.  Missoula, Montana, USA.  May 19-23, 2014.  www.largefireconference.org

Fire Ecology

Volume 9, Issue 3 of Fire Ecology was published in December 2013. The journal now has well over 400 authors from around the world to its credit. Browse all authors.

Volume 9, Issue 2 of Fire Ecology was published in August 2013.

Volume 9, Issue 1 of Fire Ecology was published mid-April 2013. The issue is dedicated to furthering scientific understanding of the role fire plays in the development and functioning of wetland ecosystems.

AFE Awards

Every year at one of our conferences, AFE honors individuals who have contributed to the profession of fire ecology and management and who have inspired and mentored a generation of fire ecologists. Their contributions may be in research, management, teaching, service, outreach, or a combination of these areas.  See our AFE Award Winners Page, which has been recently updated with our most current winners.  We also recognize outstanding contributions of the next generation of fire ecologists with our Student Excellence Awards.  Recent award winners have just been added to our SAFE Award Winners Page.

We are currently accepting nominations through March 14, 2014 for our three Life Time Achievement Awards and both our Student Excellence Awards.  For more information and to nominate someone, see our Large Wildland Fires Conference Page.  You must be an AFE member to make a nomination.


(left to right) Steve Cole, Dave Van Lear; 2005 Stoddard Award, Tom Waldrop, Dale Wade; 2003 Stoddard Award, Ed Buckner; 2006 Stoddard Award. Photo by Patrick Brose