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The KE Fellowship and associated Knowledge for Wildfire project is funded by the UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange scheme. The KE Fellow is seconded for a period of four years with a small budget available to support project activities until 30 Sep 2016 .

The project is hosted by Geography, School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, who provide administrative support. 

It is guided by a Steering Group of academic, Government, Fire Service and land management experts.  Wildfire is a cross-cutting issue, so a wider Advisory Panel is being set up through the England and Wales Wildfire Forum to represent cross-sector interests.

The KfWf project developed from the FIRES seminar series – Fire Interdisciplinary Research on Ecosystem Services; fire and climate change in UK moorlands and heaths. The seminars were a lively set of workshops hosted in Edinburgh, Manchester and the Peak District.  They drew on wildfire expertise from a diverse range of stakeholders, including firefighters, academics, land owners, gamekeepers and conservation groups and attracted a high level of international participation from Europe and the USA.