International Association of Wildland Fire

Upcoming Conferences


Past IAWF Conferences:

5th International Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference
Portland, Oregon and Melbourne, Australia
April 11-15, 2-16

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13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference
Boise Centre
Boise, Idaho, USA
April 20-24, 2015

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Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political and Ecological Effects
The University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA
May 19 - 23, 2014

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 and restore ecosystems altered by past fire exclusion, and improve resiliency in the face of ongoing climate change?  What are the latest research findings, management treatments, and policy initiatives addressing large wildfires?  This unique event was co-hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the International Association of Wildland Fire with support by the Joint Fire Science Program.

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International Smoke Symposium
The Marriott Inn & Conference Center
University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD, USA
October 21-24, 2013

As the extent of global wildland fire and smoke increases, changes in air quality and climate will result in greater threats to human health, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the United States and internationally.

The International Smoke Symposium will provide a venue to explore the complex issues surrounding wildland fire and smoke; discuss different management strategies adopted around the world; and identify knowledge gaps within the field of smoke science for future research, innovation, and development.

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4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference (Raleigh, NC & St. Petersburg, Russia)

Presented by International Association of Wildland Fire & International Association for Fire Safety Science
In conjunction with Tomsk State University & Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - February 18-22, 2013 and St. Petersburg, Russia - July 1 - 4, 2013

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12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

October 25 -26, 2012, Sydney, Australia

The 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit was held in Sydney, Australia in conjunction with the 2012 World Firefighter's Games.

Since 1997, the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the global wildland fire community buy cialis brisbane to focus on safety: to discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training and operations, to reveal safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to safety.

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3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire

April 17-19, 2012 - Seattle, Washington, USA

Shared Responsibility: Research, Management and Communities was the theme of the 3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference this April in Seattle, WA. Registration is still open for the Virtual Conference.

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April 5-7, 2011, 11th Wildland Fire Safety Summit®

This conference was held in Missoula, Montana in April 2011.  Check the safety summit conference pages for additional information.


The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond

This momentous conference commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1988 fires in Yellowstone and the northern Rocky Mountain area.  The conference offered a host of opportunities to celebrate and learn lessons from past and present fire management practices and scientific research which serve as a foundation for the future of fire management.

1st Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire (October 23-25, 2007)

This conference, held in Ft. Collins, Colorado, advanced the knowledge and practice related to the human side of managing fire prone landscapes. Specifically, the conference was intended for researchers and professionals involved in best online pokies the science or practice of the human dimensions of wildland fire, including suppression, fuels management, community preparedness, post-fire recovery, and rehabilitation. This conference was inspired by the report to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group titled "Burning Questions".

Click HERE to download the extended abstracts (2.8 MB).

2nd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference (April 26-29, 2010)

Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade, San Antonio, Texas.  Conference website.


Wildland Fire Safety Summit®

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Since 1997, the International Association of Wildland Fire has been putting on its International Wildland Fire Safety Summits. This conference, which has been held in Canada, Australia, Europe and the United States, brings together members of the wildland fire community. Through seminars, presentations and breakout sessions, the conference allows participants to exchange information about fireline safety, risk management, cultural changes, and wildland fire research. 

Wildland Fire Policy Summit®

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In 2002 and 2006, the IAWF convened meetings of major U.S. wildland fire organizations in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways the organizations can work together more effectively to address the wildland fire problem.The meetings, entitled Wildland Fire Policy Summits,were attended by representatives from a wide variety of organizations, both governmental and non-governmental.

1st Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

Fuels Management—How to Measure Success

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The 1st Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference: Fuels management—How to Measure Success was held in Portland, Oregon, March 27-30, 2006. The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) initiated a conference on this timely topic primarily in response to the needs of the US National Interagency Fuels Coordinating Group.

The 500 conference participants represented a wide range of organizations, disciplines, and countries. The conference program included workshops, invited speakers, oral and poster presentations, panels, and vendor displays. Many of those who responded to the after-conference survey listed “networking” as one of the most valuable aspects of the conference. They noted the benefits of the mix of managers, researchers, academia, practitioners, and policy makers.

There were about 150 presentations (100 oral and 50 poster) covering a range of topics including decision support systems, treatment optimization tools, fuel characterization, fuel mapping, wildland urban interface, ecological considerations, prescribed fire, fire use, fire policy, fire modeling, fire risk assessments, fuel metrics and evaluation, fire weather, economics, sociology, communication, collaboration, and case studies. Papers submitted by presenters will be published in a proceedings, and about 12 of those papers will comprise a special issue of the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

2nd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

The Fire Environment—Innovations, Management, and Policy

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The second Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference sponsored by the International Association of Wildland Fire was held March 26-30, 2007 in Destin, Florida. Over 450 attendees participated in presentations on the latest innovations in wildland fire management, examples of successful and maybe not so successful management practices, current and potentially future wildland fire policy and recent advances in wildland fire science. Special sessions focused on smoke management, wildland urban interface, fire induced tree mortality, and live fuels. Integrated into this confeence was the Joint Fire Science Program Annual Primary Investigator meeting where cutting edge JFSP sponsored research was presented.

3rd Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference

Beyond Fire Behavior and Fuels: Learning from the Past to Help Guide Us in the Future

The third Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference hosted by the International Association of Wildland Fire was held October 25-29, 2010 in Spokane, Washington.  Over 400 attendees from over 10 countries participated in presentations related to wildland fire management, behavior, ecology and more.  Over 15 wildland fire support and research related organizations attended the conference to exhibit their products and services.  The conference was supported by a host of industry related sponsors and partners, each of which uniquely contributed to the success of this internationally reaching conference.  Visit the conference pages for additional information.