The national Fire Networks team is excited to share our annual report! The work outlined here represents the vision, partnerships, and hard work of hundreds of place-based leaders across the United States. These practitioners – who demonstrate and embody fire resilience work – are at the forefront of a movement toward better fire.

The Fire Networks partnership invests in people and place-based efforts to change relationships with fire, helping us foster shared responsibility for fire management and viable fire cultures in landscapes and communities across the country. The partnership works through four interconnected Fire Networks – the Fire Learning Network (FLN), Prescribed Fire Training Exchanges Coaches Network (TREX), Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net), and Indigenous Peoples Burning Network (IPBN) – to support practitioner action, deliver experiential training and learning opportunities, spread ideas and innovations, mentor emerging leaders, and identify strategic leverage points and opportunities. Through these networks, the partnership enables local and regional action, and supports the transfer and scaling of those impacts.

Over the last year, the networks’ efforts have been focused across four main themes:

  1. Continuing to champion and invest in local capacity and leadership 
  2. Addressing inequity and supporting diversity in fire management 
  3. Using our connections to spread and advance practice
  4. Developing new tools to help direct our energy and action

The scale and complexity of our fire challenges can be daunting. We hope you’ll take inspiration from the actions of Fire Networks members. It is through these local actions and partnerships that we will reconnect people to the stewardship of fire in their places. 

Previous years’ Impact Reports from the Fire Networks partnership can be found on FAC Net’s About page.