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Mikel Robinson
Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire
1418 Washburn Street
Missoula, Montana 59801 USA

(01) (406) 531-8264
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(888) 440-IAWF (4293)



4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

At the Crossroads: Looking Toward the Future in a Changing Environment

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
February 18 -22, 2013

St. Petersburg, Russia
July 1 - 4, 2013


St. Petersburg, Russia
The call for papers is now closed, authors will be notified by April 15th and the program schedule will be posted in early May.

View the printable Call for Papers Flyer (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Session Formats Explained

Plenary Session: A keynote address to all conference attendees. (These are programmed by the conference steering committee.)

Oral Presentation: Shorter sessions (generally 20 minutes) which are scheduled to take place at the same time (i.e., concurrent). Each session normally focuses on a different topics so an attendee can choose the session that most interests them. (Note: most individual paper submissions are programmed into Concurrent Sessions after they are accepted.)

Poster Presentations: A Poster Session showcases your research/project. It combines text and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation. There will be a formal poster session where you will show your work to numerous participants at a conference. As viewers walk by, your poster should quickly and efficiently communicate your research/project. Unlike the fast pace of a slide show or verbal presentation, a Poster Session allows viewers to study and restudy your information and discuss it with you one on one. You may also be required to give short presentations on your research every ten or fifteen minutes.

Special Session: A session with one common topic or theme, where each person presents 3-5 separate presentations related to the common topic, one right after the other. Typically, the person who proposes the special session includes the abstracts for all of the papers on the Special Session at the time of the original submission.
Submission Guidelines for Special Sessions: 1st - The session organizer should submit a short abstract for the session as a whole which includes a list of each session and presenter. 2nd - each individual presenter within the Special Session will submit their individual abstracts. When doing this they should select Special Session as the Presentation Type and include a statement at the beginning of their abstract noting which special session they are associated with.

Contributed oral, poster and special session papers may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics. Proposals that make creative use of the conference theme are especially welcome:

  • Fire behavior research including emerging instrumentation/technology
  • Wildland fire and fire behavior case studies
  • Significant fire behavior events and lessons learned
  • Correlations between fire behavior and fire effects
  • Fuel treatment types and efficacy
  • Fire behavior in treated fuels
  • Biomass utilization as a fuel treatment
  • Fuel treatment research including emerging instrumentation/ technology
  • Research needs
  • Decision support systems and tools
  • Risk assessment processes and tools
  • Risk management
  • Fire history & regimes
  • Fire environment changes
  • Fire along the WUI and FIREWISE: Examples of successful and unsuccessful use
  • Fuel dynamics & measurement
  • Fire weather/meteorology
  • Operational perspectives & applications of fire behavior knowledge
  • Post fire plant succession pathways
  • Fuel modeling, mapping & simulations
  • Scientific investment & approaches to understanding fire behavior
  • Fire emissions and air quality
  • Smoke management
  • Disaster assessment of wildland fires
  • Ways of improving the decision-making process for prescribed fire and wildfire management
  • Fire and carbon sequestration
  • Fire and invasives
  • Fire in mountainous terrain
  • Fire consortiums including National Coalition of fire councils
  • Fire in the tropics and sub-tropics
  • Fire in hardwoods
  • Education/training tomorrows fire managers
  • Continuing education for burners
  • Educating and engaging the public including use in schools, demonstration areas, signage, State-wide Rx fire day, news media
  • Fire, the ecological imperative: examples of problems solved
  • Liability issues including right to burn ordinances and insurance
  • Spot fire / ember transport
  • Dealing with and planning for catastrophe - Wildfire blowups, major escapes, unintended outcomes
  • Uncommon fuel / vegetation types
  • Fire as a Landscape Tool
  • Fire and Wildlife
  • Ignition Agents
  • And many more

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance with your abstract. By email or by calling (01)(406) 531-8264 or (888) 440-4293.








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