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Abstract Deadline is this Friday!

Submit proposals for oral & poster presentations here.


Call for Abstracts closes Jan. 31, 2014. Proposals that make creative use of the conference theme are especially welcome.  Topics include, but are not limited to: 

Large Fires; Fire Management; Climate Change; Fire Ecology; Wildland Fuels; Smoke; Fire Behavior; Social Issues; Political Realities.  

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This promises to be one of the most exciting conferences on wildland fire this year!  We have an great week planned that's packed with speakers, workshops, networking opportunities, in the field learning, many fun activities, and much more.  


Register Today. 

Workshops, Field Trips, and Awards Banquet

:  We are very excited to offer 15 different workshops on Monday, with a wide range of topics for attendees of all levels of experience and from different areas of specialty.  Workshop topics include:  BehavePlus, FFI, FireWorks, FuelCalc, LANDFIRE, Lidar, CHISLIC, Red Card, WindNinja, IFTDSS, and much more.  See our workshops webpage for a full listing.  The Workshop Registration Form link will be sent out upon completion of conference registration. Workshops space is limited and is available on a first come basis, so register early to get your first choice.

Field Trips:  We've put together a great list of field trips for Wednesday afternoon and all day on Friday, as well as a selection of self-guided trips that you can do any time during the week on your own.  There will be guided trips to many different locations around the region, including to burned forests, restoration fuel treatment areas, wilderness areas, the Missoula Fire Lab, the Smokejumper Center, and much more.  See our field trips webpage for a full listing.  The Field Trips Registration Form link will be sent out upon completion of conference registration. Field Trip space is limited and is available on a first come basis, so register early to get your first choice.

Awards Banquet--Wednesday night we will have a formal dinner banquet.  The banquet speaker will be noted author and photojournalist Michael Kodas.  We will also be giving out AFE Lifetime Achievement and Student Excellence Awards. The cost of this dinner is not included in the conference registration.  The link to register for the banquet will be sent out upon completion of conference registration. Conference attendees can bring up to 3 guests to the banquet. 
Please note:  Anyone who registered previous to these optional registration forms being available was emailed links to register for the above three activities on Jan. 6.  If you have questions about this, contact us at
Other Conference Details

Award Nominations are currently being accepted to be given during the awards banquet on Wednesday evening. AFE will be presenting all three of our Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Stoddard, Wright, and Biswell Awards, as well as our Graduate and Undergraduate Student Excellence Awards.  Nominations are due March 14.

Just For Students:  TREE student Travel Grants
 and the Mike da Luz Memorial Student Travel Scholarship will be available for this conference.  As well, we will have a Mentor Lunch, Red Card Training Workshop, Poster Contest, National SAFE meeting, and Student Mixer!  Contact AFE to get a TREE grant application.

Attached Meetings Proposals
are still being accepted through April 11. Rooms ranging in capacity from 10 to 200 will be available at no extra cost for groups to hold their own meetings. Get details here

Hotels Options--There are 10 different hotels to chose from that will all offer the government per diem rates to our conference attendees.  Our hotel webpage lists all of them, the room prices, and contact info to make reservations.

Film Festival:  A very exciting and new development in the conference planning is the Large Wildland Fire Genre Film Festival.  This Thursday evening event will be hosted by the distinguished Dr. Stephen J. Pyne.  All conference attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to this event.  Tickets will also be sold to the general public.  Details on our website.

Art Show:  We will be holding a wildland fire themed art show at the University Art Gallery.  Donations of art will be used for a silent auction that will be held at the dinner banquet.  Watch our website for upcoming details on how to submit artwork. View the Art Show Flyer here.

Sponsors and Exhibitors--We'd like thank our conference sponsors and exhibitors, Joint Fire Science Program, US Forest Service, and Phos-Chek for their participation and support in this event.  If you'd like to become a sponsor of this event, please visit our  website for details.
Refund Policy
Registrants may receive a full refund (minus $50 non-refundable processing fee) if they cancel within one month of the event (April 19).  After that date we do not issue refunds.

About this Conference


The causes and effects of large wildland fires are the subjects of great debate among fire researchers, managers,and policymakers. Are large wildfires unnatural events, causing great ecological harm that should be suppressed at all costs? Or could they provide opportunities to reduce fuel loads, restore altered ecosystems, and improve resiliency in the face of climate change? What are the latest research findings, management treatments, and policy initiatives addressing large wildfires?  Join us for this unique event co-hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the International Association of Wildland Fire with support from the Joint Fire Science Program, where we will explore these questions and related issues.

SAVE THE DATE:  AFE's 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
We will be hosting our next fire congress in San Antonio, Texas on November 16-20, 2015.  Look for an event website and more details in early 2014.
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