International Association of Wildland Fire

The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond

(These are revised dates.
Click on the image below to download the current flyer and call for papers.)


The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and BeyondJoin us at "The ’88 Fires: Yellowstone and Beyond" in Jackson, Wyoming on September 22-27, 2008. This momentous conference commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1988 fires in Yellowstone and the northern Rocky Mountain area.

This event is presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire in association with the National Park Service 9th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with the support of a consortium of partners.

The conference will offer 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.

Discussions, presentations, and special sessions will focus on the following themes:

• Fire behavior, weather and fuels, including crown fire modeling, long range fire behavior, weather forecasting, fuels, and fuels management.
• Fire ecology, including wildlife, water, aquatic systems, landscape ecology and fire history.
• Fire management and policy, including fire suppression, operations, safety, and planning.
• Global trends: carbon, invasive species, climate change.
• Cultural and social perceptions of fire and the human interaction.

Currently, confirmed speakers include: Bob Barbee, Norm Christensen, Orville Daniels, Mike Flannigan, Steve Frye, Andy Hansen, Tom Swetnam, Monica Turner, John Varley, George Weldon, Tony Westerling, Cathy Whitlock, and Tom Zimmerman. Monthly updates will provide notices of additional speakers and special sessions. A full schedule of events will be presented by August 10, 2008.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a spectacular venue for this event. Post-conference field trips and workshops will be scheduled as well as family-friendly activities. So whether you were there in 1988 - or not - join the “homecoming” to learn from the past, celebrate the present and venture into the future!

The current announcement is available as a PDF document. (887 kb)