UPDATE: After careful consideration amid the Coronavirus outbreak, we have decided to host the 3rd International Smoke Symposium as 100% Virtual! The Virtual Conference will be held April 20-23, however, all presentations will be recorded and available for up to one year. We are cancelling the “in-person” portion in Raleigh, North Carolina and UC Davis, California. We feel this is the best decision based on the current situation.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the ISS3 (PDF)

Presented by International Association of Wildland Fire
In partnership with NWCG Smoke Committee; UC Davis Air Quality Research Center; UC Davis Office of Research and the UC Davis School of Medicine.


The symposium will be an international nexus of research, management and policy with a target audience of:governmental air quality regulators; land managers and fire practitioners; research and extension communities; public health professionals; air quality and fire weather forecasting communities; and climate change researchers.

A virtual conference will be incorporated as we did at the first ISS and ISS2, as well as a second location added. This allows us to expand our attendance. This will also allow integration of an online learning component, which will support active connection with our audience year-round. Remote participants will be able to view the presentations live and interact with the presenter, the onsite participants and other remote participants—with the assistance of a facilitator. We anticipate a great response from past attendees as well as a new audience.









Symposium Chairs
Pete Lahm, Chair
Jessica McCarty, Deputy Chair

Steering Committee
Chris Akins
Chuck Bushey
Wayne Cascio
Katie Conlon
George Geisler
Sandra Hall
Sarah Henderson
Matt Hurteau
Fay Johnston
Sim Larkin
Barry Lefer
Kelly Martin
Maria Mirabelli
Kris Ray
Mikel Robinson
Erica Sasser
Kim Skufca
Cabe Speary
Anthony Wexler
Joseph Wilkins

Program Committee
Katie Conlon, co-chair
Susan Stone, co-chair
Carol Baldwin
Eric Berg
Jim Crawford
Paul Garbe
Sumi Hoshiko
Pete Lahm
Jakob Lindaas
Yongquiang Liu
Jessica McCarty
Dar Mims
David Mueller
Susan O’Neill
Steven Ostoja
Mark Parrington
Ana Rappold
Mikel Robinson
Morgan Varner

IAWF Principles of Conduct

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion: Being a diverse and inclusive organization will enable the International Association of Wildland Fire to learn from others, grow our understanding, and find new ways to address, understand and implement solutions to complex problems. The IAWF desires to maintain a positive, empowering, inclusive and innovative culture that enables all members of the fire community to feel safe and valued when contributing to the IAWF. We want to operate in a flexible and open manner to meet our membership’s needs and to help members achieve their fullest potential.

Read IAWF’s Full Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Principles of Conduct – Living Our Values – Leading by Example
In the conduct of personal and professional matters, IAWF places high importance on the values of integrity, responsibility and reputation. We are committed to maintaining high standards both within the organization and in our dealings with others in our daily lives. Our leadership has developed these Principles of Conduct to define our accepted and unacceptable ethical behaviors. We have established guidelines for all members at all times and non-members who may be participating at any IAWF conducted activities. It helps ensure that IAWF promotes, achieves, and maintains high standards of practice and it provides a benchmark for members and non-members participating in IAWF activities to use for self-evaluation.

All symposium attendees are required to read and agree to adhering to the Principles of Conduct.
Read IAWF’s Full Principles of Conduct

If You Witness or are Subjected to Unacceptable Behavior
If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, hear of any such incidents, or have any other concerns, please notify an IAWF representative immediately and report the incident. There will be several means to report any occurrences of inappropriate behavior. These include:

  • Face to face:
    • Any IAWF officer, Board Member, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee member, or any IAWF individual wearing a Planning Committee nametag, a session moderator, or anyone staffing the registration or IAWF tables are designated IAWF representatives and you can talk to them.
    • Someone will nearly always be at the at the Symposium registration desk and you can report to them and they will contact an IAWF designated representative.
  • Anonymous reporting:
    • Use the Spot application.
    • Connection links and scan codes are provided in mobile app and on posters around the facility.
    • The link to report for an IAWF event or IAWF involvement from your computer or phone is: TALK TO SPOT LINK









Family Friendly Conference

If you are breastfeeding or traveling with children, please let us know in advance so we can make your time at the symposium more comfortable. We will have a quiet nursing room for breastfeeding and pumping and we can help find childcare close to the conference location.


We are committed to ensuring the needs of all our guests are met. If you have any special needs, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate you.
Raleigh Hotel Accessibility 
UC Davis Accessibility


The IAWF and Symposium Organizing Committee are committed to hosting a sustainable conference. This includes:

  • Providing limited printed materials;
  • Providing a Mobile Application with digital agenda;
  • Providing recycling receptacles throughout the venue;
  • Providing thoughtful giveaways (sustainable and useful);
  • Working with the venue to provide sustainable catering choices, and using local food vendors as much as possible;
  • Providing 2 locations and a Virtual Conference to minimize travel.


We would like to invite you to participate, either as a mentor or mentee, in our Mentoring Program at the 3rd International Smoke Symposium.

What is mentoring?

The first mentioning of the word “mentor” goes back to an ancient Greek story about a young child called Telemachus who grew under the supervision of an old trusted friend of his father’s named Mentor. Since then, the name of this character started being used as a common term for “trusted tutor”.

Today, we use the word  “mentor” for anyone who makes a positive, guiding influence on another person’s life. ‘Mentoring’ is the process of direct transfer of experience and knowledge from one person to another.

Our Approach

Symposium attendees can express their interest in being a mentor or mentee when they register. Then prior to the symposium we will match the mentors and mentees. We will provide information to guide matches throughout the symposium.

What makes a good mentor?

  • Commitment to the mentee’s learning and project goals.
  • Ability to provide positive feedback, encouragement, and advice when requested.
  • Interest in seeing and supporting the mentee’s growth and success in their professional or personal goals.
  • Ability to ask key questions to support the mentee to develop their problem-solving and creative thinking skills, and to be resilient and independent.
  • Ability to establish clear expectations and commitments, to express these to the mentee, and to ask for the same.
  • Generosity with tools and approaches that support others to learn
  • Willingness to share key contacts and networks with the mentee, and to source other areas of expertise when required.

Please sign up when you register!


Schedule & Format:
Please refer to the program schedule to determine the length of your presentation, the majority of the presentations are 12 minutes + 3 minutes for Q&A and transition. There are also 5 minute Ignite Talks. Please ensure you don’t run over your allotted time by practicing your talk.

Virtual Conference

We are pleased to share that we will have two options for your presentation:

  • You can pre-record your presentation. We will schedule blocks of time between March 30-April 10th to record your presentation. This means you will need to have your presentation ready in the next couple of weeks so please consider that when making your decision.
  • Present your presentation live via WebEx during the Virtual Conference. We will probably schedule all of the live presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21st and April 22nd, so you would need to be available one of those days. We will have practice sessions to ensure you are comfortable with the technology – you would be required to attend one of those practice sessions.

Your presentation should be formatted 16:9, which is the default for PowerPoint 2016.

 Virtual Posters

We will include a virtual poster session. You will be permitted to submit one PDF or Power Point slide series not to exceed 10 slides prepared exactly the way you would submit this to a printer.

  • The slides would contain the same content that you would display on a printed poster board.
  • The first slide should show the full title of your submission.
  • Each slide title should be placed in a title placeholder. This allows that title to come across in the hyperlinks on the left bar.
  • Place the title of your presentation and your name at the bottom of each slide.
  • It is suggested that type size should be at least 24 point. The typeface chosen should be a simple and clear one (e.g., Helvetica).
  • When importing or inserting any graphic file (picture) it is important to make sure that it will function on any computer and does not require proprietary software to view. The acceptable formats are as follows: Bitmap (BMP), GIF, JPEG (JPG), Portable Network Graphic (PNG), and TIFF (TIF).

The deadline to submit your virtual poster is April 6th.


Questions: Send any questions to Mikel Robinson at [email protected].

Special Issues

We are working on ISS3 Special Issues in four professional peer-reviewed journals:

We are also seeking applied program, management strategies and policy articles to feature in Wildfire Magazine.

The deadlines for each will be around June 30-July 1, 2020. Please visit the ISS3 website for details of these special issues. We are now accepting Expressions of Interest to publish in one of these Special Issues. Complete this form no later than May 4th. After the deadline you will receive an invitation to submit.


General Guidelines for Presenters

IAWF individually and together with other partners around the world, plan, implement, and present significant conferences and workshops annually. These events are the foundation of our information dissemination and facilitation of global communication about wildland fire information.

We place high importance on integrity, responsibility and reputation and expect members to display high standards of behavior that are conducive to creating and maintaining diverse and inclusive practices. This includes the manner in which we conduct ourselves in normal business practices and at our conferences.

In order to better assist conference presenters, panel members, and other participants, we have prepared these guidelines to help improve understanding of our changing social environment, the importance of considering audience perception, and how to prepare to ensure that appropriate language and images are used during presentations at conferences and workshops. In this guide we provide some helpful advice on presentation ethics; oral presentation language in terms of implications to sensitivity, respect, and inclusivity; thoughts on developing presentation visual aids; and identified areas of inappropriate behavior.

IAWF expects all presenters to:

  • Provide opportunities for others to learn and develop in ways that are in keeping with the IAWF commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  • Refrain from harassment of or any form of discrimination against another participant, staff member, volunteer or others.
  • Always fully disclose and resolve any existing or potential conflicts of interest.
  • Always keep proprietary information confidential unless the appropriate person authorizes its disclosure.

Presentation Ethics:

(From: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/publicspeaking/chapter/chapter-3-ethical-speaking/)

  • Be honest, avoid plagiarism, and identify sources.
  • Decide when to cite – all information that is not public knowledge should be cited.
  • Cite sources properly.
  • Understand paraphrasing and direct quotations.
  • Use accurate citations.
  • Be mindful of potentially sensitive graphics and words
  • Provide honest and open communication.

Principles of Responsible Presentations:

Speakers must balance perceptions, intentions, speaker rights, and responsibility to audiences. Any person participating in IAWF activities is expected to refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.

Ethical communication may not be hard to deliver, but at times can suffer from failure to fully understand effects of aspects of communication. All presentations must strive to:

  • Promote diversity,
  • Use inclusive language,
  • Avoid hate speech, and
  • Present clear and respectful visual aids.

Promote Diversity:

  • Speakers have a responsibility to appreciate differences among individuals and groups.
  • Consider both your audience and your speech content.
  • Use both sexes in hypothetical examples.
  • Use co-cultural groups in hypothetical examples.
  • Do not use negative or derogatory comments related to to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, age, national origin, socio-economic status, nudity and/or sexual images.
  • Avoid stereotypes.
  • Always remember, even if it doesn’t concern you – it may offend others.
  • Look at your slides – try to balance the type of people presented so they are not all the same or in stereotypical roles.

 Use Inclusive Language:

 Avoid Hate Language:

  • Words are powerful, choose them wisely.
  • Avoid using words that convey any expression of intolerance and hatred.

 Present Clear and Respectful Visual Aids:

  •  Understand that times and social expectations have changed, and cultures are different around the world – what was acceptable in the past may no longer be acceptable now and what may be acceptable or taken as humorous may be offensive in other cultures.
  • If you are making a joke, or think it is funny – it may not be to others – remember you don’t know their circumstances. Try to understand your audience and prepare accordingly.
  • Visual aids should be evaluated in terms of the wording and pictures they use, and analogies they convey.
  • Visual aids must value sensitivity, incorporate respect, and be inclusive.
  • Be mindful to those who have color blindness (look into the colors) –https://usabilla.com/blog/how-to-design-for-color-blindness/
  • If in doubt – don’t use it.
  • Presentations should be accessible to a broad audience.
  • Text must be of a reasonable size (suggest 24 point), in a clear, easily legible font.
  • Figures must have legible axis and color scheme.

The Call for Oral Presentations is now closed, however, we are still accepting Poster Presentations.

Submit Poster Presentation


Welcome to the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3) Call for Presentation Proposals. Building on the previous two successful editions, this symposium is a venue and international nexus for sharing the latest developments in research, management, and policy around the important topic of smoke from wildfires, rangeland fires, and prescribed burns.

This symposium is targeted towards researchers and practitioners with expertise in a range of wildland fire smoke topic areas including: air quality monitoring and/ or regulation, land management, fire responders, extension mechanisms, public health, fire weather, climate change and forecasting, among others.

Using a unified track to enable full participation and maximize engagement, ISS3 will have presentations delivered from both Raleigh, North Carolina and from the University of California Davis. This climate-friendly conference format will ensure broad audience participation and access to world-renown wildland fire smoke experts.

Presentations will be live-streamed, professionally videotaped, and made available through the symposium website for at least a year. ISS1 and ISS2 set a very high standard for successful and fully interactive virtual capability. Our goal is that, in addition to providing training and education, ISS3 will enable a global conversation that facilitates knowledge sharing among the variety of experts in geographical, topical, and practice-specific facets of wildland fire smoke.

Participants will discuss how the state-of-the-science is evolving, including the latest advances. We will explore how scientific information is being put to practical use in the field and utilized in improved public policy, as well as the limits of our current understanding.

We are seeking Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations for both the Raleigh and Davis venues on topics listed below. In addition to a full suite of scientific talks, ISS3 will debut a feature set of Ignite Talks aimed at a broader audience and made available via the web.

PUBLICATIONS: All authors will be invited to submit an extended abstract or full paper to the Symposium Proceedings, as well as to Special Issues in multiple Scientific Journals.


  • Talks of broad interest across any or all of the session topics below.



  • Smoke Chemistry and Measurement
  • Emerging Air Quality Sensors, Networks and Real-time Information
  • Smoke Modeling
  • Dispersion and Transport Modeling
  • Air Quality Models for Smoke
  • Data Fusion Techniques, Applications

Climate Change

  • Climate Modeling
  • Climate Change Impacts on Smoke
  • Smoke Impacts on Climate


  • Fire Activity, Emissions Factors, and Emission Inventories
  • Smoke from Biomass and Human Structures

Health Impacts

  • Estimating Individual and Population Smoke Exposure
  • Wildland/Bushfire Fire Personnel Exposure
  • Public Health Impacts of Smoke (e.g., respiratory, cardiovascular, mental health)
  • Public Health Interventions for Smoke
  • Occupational Health (e.g., Wildland Firefighters, outdoor workers)
  • Smoke Hazard Warning and Monitoring Systems

Other Impacts

  • Communicating Smoke Impacts
  • Economic Impacts of Smoke
  • Ecological Impacts of Smoke

Smoke Management

  • Remote Sensing and Tools for Smoke Management
  • Smoke Management and Mitigation
  • Smoke Ready Community Efforts
  • Short/Long Term Tradeoffs Between Rx Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire
  • Global Fire Smoke Issues
  • Differences Between Prescribed Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire in Smoke

Presentation Types:

ORAL PRESENTATION: [12 minutes + 3 minutes for Q&A]. These presentations will be grouped with presentations of similar topic and we may organize a panel discussion or additional Q&A time at the end of the session.

POSTER PRESENTATION: Will be presented during a designated session, presenters are required to be present during the session.

IGNITE TALK: ISS3 will debut a feature set of Ignite Talks aimed at a broader audience (i.e. media and general public). Short format talks with a strict 5-minute limit and a maximum of 20 slides.

SPECIAL SESSION: 2 hours each, we will have limited space for special sessions however we encourage focus on recent scientific field campaigns such as FASMEE, WE-CAN and FIREX-AQ. You will submit an overview of the Special Sessions with a list of presentations within the session.  After accepted each session within the Special Session will be required to submit an abstract.

When submitting proposals, you will have the opportunity to select the location in which you plan to attend. We have selected two locations and the hybrid conference to accommodate as many people as possible. We acknowledge travel limitations, restrictions and constraints due to budgets, bans and environmental choices.

ISS3 will have one program schedule where all presentations will be professionally video taped and live streamed to both locations, and to the remote audience. Raleigh, NC will be the larger venue with up to four concurrent sessions, so more presentations will likely be accepted for Raleigh. UC Davis will have concurrent sessions highly focused on Health Impacts, however, only one will be delivered from UC Davis; the additional rooms will be sessions that are being live streamed from Raleigh, NC. Please consider these restrictions when submitting an abstract.

We invite you to sponsor or exhibit at the 3rd International Smoke Symposium ISS3. (Prospectus – PDF)

Online Registration 

Building on the previous two successful editions, this symposium is a venue and international nexus for sharing the latest developments in public health science, ecology of smoke, research, management, and policy around the important topic of smoke from wildfires, rangeland fires, forest fires and prescribed burns.

Virtual Conference/Trade Show
The physical trade show will be at the Raleigh location only, however, we will also be offering a virtual trade show which allows us to expand our attendance and include individuals who cannot travel to the symposium. This will also allow integration of an online learning component, which will support active connection with our audience year-round. Remote participants will be able to view the presentations live and interact with the presenter and Exhibitors.

Online Registration 


Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners

Cooperative Partners







Platinum Sponsor







Silver Sponsors

UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC)








Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety








Bronze Sponsor




Program Schedule

We are pleased to share the detailed program schedule for the ISS3 Virtual Conference. Please note the program will take place on Mountain Daylight Time. (Please check World Clock for time zones)

ISS3 Virtual Conference Program Schedule (as of March 29) (PDF)

If you have any questions, please just let us know. Email or Phone 406-625-7059


Field Trip 1: Prescribed Fire Smoke Management and Monitoring in NC
Time: 10:00 – 4:30
Price: $45 (includes transportation, lunch, snacks)
Hard hat and fire shirts are required. If you are able to bring your own that is preferred, we will have some available for those not able to provide their own.

Participates will travel to Stan Adams Training Center for a Welcome and History of Prescribed Fire around Jordan Lake by Kevin Harvell, NC Forest Service – Region Two Forester
They will then observe the Go or No – Go Decision for a Growing Season Burn at Jordan Lake utilizing Atmospheric Dispersion Models. These are key NC Smoke Management Program decision support tools. They will then rotate between three stations for demos and presentations.

RAWS Station
After Burn

NC Online Weather Tools
Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling

Environmental Beta Attenuation Mass Monitors(EBAMS)


Field Trip 2: EPA’s Wildfire Research in Action – Choose Between Two Tours at EPA’s Local Research Facilities
Time: 7:45 am-12:30 pm
Price: $35 (DISCLAIMER: These fees are not collected by USEPA. IAWF will collect and use these funds to provide transportation and snacks)

Registration is open to all ISS3 attendees and will close on April 3, 2020. Space is limited so register today!

Take advantage of ISS3’s location in North Carolina by touring one of the two local US EPA’s Office of Research and Development facilities. Register for a tour either at the Chapel Hill Facility or the Research Triangle Park Facility.

Which tour should you choose?

Research Facility at Chapel Hill: This tour departs the conference hotel at 7:45 am. Upon arrival, you will be taken on a tour of the state-of-the-art chambers used in various clinical studies to understand how the inhalation of various pollutants, including smoke from burning biomass, impacts human health. The studies performed in this facility are critical to linking toxicology and emissions information with patterns seen in epidemiological studies. This tour will end at approximately 12:00 pm.

Research Campus at Research Triangle Park: This tour will depart the conference hotel at 8:00 am. Upon arrival, you will visit several laboratories where researchers are studying wildfire smoke. Research being conducted includes emissions characterization, toxicological impacts, measurements, modeling and the efficacy of health protective actions. This tour will end at approximately 12:30 pm.

To accommodate Friday afternoon flights, the vehicles transporting you to these facilities will allow you to bring your luggage with you, and will stop at Raleigh-Durham Airport on the way back to the conference hotel.


The workshops will take place on Monday, April 20, the day preceding the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3).

The purpose of the workshops is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in wildland fire, smoke management, public health, and air quality management to discuss and exchange interests on defined topics. We view these workshops as an opportunity for knowledge and technology transfer.

Registration for the workshops is $20 for half day and $40 for full day.

Confirmed for Virtual Conference
Community Innovation: Learning from Leaders to Protect Health from Smoke
Presenters: Invited experts from smoke affected communities
Instructors: Christina Baghdikian, US EPA Office of Research and Development
Susan Lyon Stone, Senior Environmental Health Scientist, EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Mary Clare Hano, Social Scientist, U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development
Ana Rappold, Statistician, EPA’s Office of Research and Development
Sara Terry, Senior Policy Advisor, EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

Are you a leader charged to increase preparedness and response to smoke in your community? We’d like to hear from you!
Wildfire smoke is impacting communities across the country in a more intense, more frequent pattern. When a community faces significant smoke intrusion, the individuals responsible for coordinating wildfire smoke response often have various other full-time environmental public health roles in their community. This workshop is designed around “lightning talks” from practitioners on-the-ground who will share with attendees what they are doing to deal with wildfire smoke, what they have learned, and what needs still exist. The workshop will: increase awareness of available resources for communities to prepare for wildfire smoke; offer an opportunity to provide facilitated input on knowledge and resource gaps that communities need; and outline EPA plans to enhance the Smoke Ready Community framework and research the effectiveness of that framework to build community capacity.

Confirmed for Virtual Conference
Smoke Modeling from Forest to Plume: Integrated Modeling Workshop for Smoke Management
Susan Prichard, University of Washington,
Susan O’Neill, USDA Forest Service
Roger Ottmar, USDA Forest Service,
Jim Cronan, USDA Forest Service,
Janice Peterson, USDA Forest Service,
Anne Andreu, University of Washington,
Paige Eagle University of Washington,
Marlin Martinez, University of Washington

Smoke emissions from prescribed fires and wildfires are dependent on a number of variables including area burned, pre-burn fuel loading and arrangement, fuel consumption, fire behavior and plume dynamics. Dispersion and concentrations of the smoke from prescribed burns depends on the rate of emissions and heat release, weather and terrain. Each of these variables in predicted emissions is associated with uncertainty, and of these, estimating fuel consumed within burned areas has the potential for particularly high error propagation in estimated emissions. In addition to errors in quantifying or estimating total fuel consumption, determining the amount and type of fuel consumed in flaming, smoldering and long-term smoldering is critical for predicting downwind smoke impacts such as nighttime inversions and intrusions into communities. Finally, the selection of meteorological domain is critical in dispersing smoke downwind, as well as how emissions are input into the meteorological system via plume rise and vertical allocation underneath plume rise.

In this workshop, we will offer training on a suite of applications addressing these topics, giving participants a hands-on experience with each. 1) The Fuel and Fire Tools (FFT) application to model fuel characterization, consumption, emissions and fire behavior of wildland fuels. 2) The BlueSky Playground to estimate smoke production and dispersion. 3) We will also introduce the new Smoke Emissions Repository Application (SERA), a central repository of wildland fire emissions factors and discuss implications of how the latest emissions factors for criteria air pollutants such as PM2.5 may impact smoke management decisions. 4) Finally, participants will get hands-on training with the monitoring data webtool that gives single click access to measured near-surface particulate matter data (e.g. PM2.5) from permanent monitors and temporary monitors deployed specifically for prescribed fires and wildfires.

Confirmed for Virtual Conference
Incorporating Smoke Impacts into Air Quality Forecasting
Instructors: Patrick Zahn, Lead Air Quality Forecaster, Sonoma Technology, Inc
Marcus Hylton, Air Quality Forecaster, Sonoma Technology, Inc
Jeff Beamish, Air Quality Forecaster, Sonoma Technology, Inc
ShihMing Huang, Air Quality Scientist, Sonoma Technology, Inc

Air quality impacts from wildfires, prescribed burns, and agricultural burns have become an increasing concern for air quality forecasters, and smoke impacts present a particular challenge when trying to deliver accurate, timely forecasts. In this workshop, meteorologists and air quality forecasters from Sonoma Technology discuss practical approaches to incorporating smoke impacts into daily ozone and PM2.5 forecasts. We share tools and techniques to predict smoke-enhanced air pollution, including trajectory analyses, satellite imagery, and air quality forecasting models. We also present case study examples of smoke impacts from local fires, as well as long-range smoke transport leading to exceptional air quality events. In particular, we discuss localized burning in the Imperial Valley in southern California, prescribed burn impacts in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, smoke impacts on ozone in Louisiana, impacts from recent fires in northern California, and long-range smoke transport into Ohio. Additionally, we discuss challenges in communicating smoke impacts to air quality agencies and the public, using examples from residential wood burning and prescribed burn decision support systems.

Confirmed for Virtual Conference
New Generation Satellite Products for Operational Fire and Smoke Applications
Instructors:  Amy K. Huff, Senior Research Scientist, IMSG at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR
Shobha Kondragunta, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR

In this half-day workshop, participants will learn how to utilize the new generation of geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite products to forecast, monitor, and track the impacts of wildland fires and smoke.  The polar-orbiting satellites SNPP, NOAA-20, and S5P and the geostationary satellites GOES-16 and GOES-17 are providing revolutionary observations of fires, aerosols, and trace gases with unprecedented resolution and accuracy.  Through case study examples, participants will become familiar with the relevant satellite products for fires and smoke, including color imagery, aerosol optical depth (AOD), aerosol detection, fire characterization, carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).  Topics will include the status and specifications of the available products, accessing near real-time imagery from NOAA’s AerosolWatch and JSTAR Mapper websites, and interpreting data and imagery with a focus on air quality and visibility.

Confirmed for Virtual Conference
Wildfire Detection and Dispatch – Case Studies and Enabling Technologies
Instructor: Gavin Hough, Developer and Founder – EnviroVision Solutions Inc.

By using remote access to operational detection centres, several case studies demonstrating detection examples and key design concepts will be explained. Machine learning, and other vision system concepts will be detailed in such a way as to provide improved spatial and situational awareness. The user experience for operators and dispatch managers will be shared and user feedback outlined.

The impact of multispectral imaging on detection range and sensitivity will be shown using test fires and extensive vegetation fire data. Work flow for system operator and monitoring fires from ignition to several days after the wildfire being extinguished to check for holdover fires will be shown.

Integrating early detection with rapid response will be showcased for active wildfires using web based dispatch, mobile applications and specific workstations for wide area geo-referenced surveillance systems.


CANCELLED Exploring the Impacts of Wildfire Smoke on Northern California’s Diverse Populations
Instructors: Dr. Kathryn C. Conlon, University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences
Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, University of California Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences
Heather E. Riden, University of California Davis Department of Public Health Sciences, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
Dr. Rebecca J. Schmidt, University of California Davis, School of Medicine Public Health Sciences
Dr. Bryn E. Willson, University of California Davis, Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program

This workshop will be a series of in-depth explorations of current research into the health impacts of northern California’s populations, including pregnant women, children, and farmworkers. Presenters will provide details into the study design, participant recruitment, data collection, measurement selection, data analysis, and more. A facilitated discussion will delve into the complex nature of wildfire smoke, including the recurring nature of these events and the difficulties that accompany studying the physical, mental, and emotional impacts.

CANCELLED Smoke and Health Research: The Years Ahead
Instructors:  Sarah Henderson, Senior Scientist, BC Centre for Disease Control
Wayne Cascio, US Environmental Protection Agency
Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania
Ana Rappold, US Environmental Protection Agency
Bonne Ford, Colorado State University
Ian Gilmour, US Environmental Protection Agency

The objective of this workshop is to develop a consensus on the most pressing research gaps related to wildfire smoke, exposure assessment, and health effects. During the morning session, each of the instructors will give a 20-minute presentation on where they feel the science needs to go over the next 5-10 years. This is NOT a review of work that has already been done but brainstorming around the questions we most urgently need to answer in the years ahead. All of the instructors have been working in the field of wildfire smoke and health for several years and have published multiple peer-reviewed papers on the topic, which gives them important insight into the past, present, and future research areas. During the afternoon session, the instructors and participants will decide on 2-4 research topics based on the morning presentations and will break into collaborative groups to workshop study designs and protocols for upcoming funding opportunities. This workshop will allow new investigators in wildfire smoke and health to work with established investigators, thereby growing research capacity and opportunities for funding success.

CANCELLED Tools and Methods Used to Measure Exposure to Wild Fire Chemicals
Instructors: Ameer Taha, Associate Professor, University of California Davis
Cristina Davis, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis
Sean M Raffuse, Air Quality Research Center, UC Davis
Tony Wexler, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis

Wild fires release volatile combustion chemicals into the environment. The nature of these compounds, their distribution and health effects is of great concern, particularly for urban fires, which produce combustion volatiles from house-hold chemicals. This workshop will address the challenges of measuring and tracking the distribution of these chemicals in the environment, and explore new technologies that capture them. Understanding innovative ways to track exposure to fire chemicals will serve the broad goal of assessing their long-term health effects, in view of the growing threats of climate change and increase in wild-fire frequencies.

CANCELLED Federal Partners Meeting (no charge)

This meeting of Federal government departments and agencies is designed to enhance collaboration around wildland fire smoke related activities.

Bringing together perspectives from the health, technology, emergency response, and preparedness disciplines, the meeting will focus on several aspects of the wildland fire smoke challenge.

Specific topics for discussion will include: how can Federal partners best collaborate and contribute to community smoke preparedness; how to improve communications before, during and after smoke events; and how to coordinate efforts around improving the understanding of health impacts associated with wildland fires.

The agenda is being designed to share information among participating organizations and identify key next steps to improving multi-agency smoke-related efforts. Federal registrants will receive meeting details and preparation materials after they register. For more information contact Sara Terry at [email protected].

The “in-person” portion of ISS3 has been cancelled.  Join us on the Virtual Conference!

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Federal Per Diem of $120 + Tax, you can make your reservations online through this link.
Book your room at the group rate for ISS3


The “in-person” portion of ISS3 has been cancelled.  Join us on the Virtual Conference!

UC Davis Activities Recreation Center (ARC) Conference Center
760 Orchard Road
Davis, CA 95616

The Davis Airporter provides transportation to/from Davis and local airports (SMF & SFO) for a set price. Schedule your shuttle ahead of time on the website here.

Traveling by Amtrak? Your final stop will be in Davis (DAV). Purchase your ticket here for $30.

Traveling by car? Review driving directions from the I-80 and I-5.

Parking is available for $10/day in the parking garage across from the Conference Center. Passes are available for purchase at meter boxes around the lot.

UC Davis Campus Map

See what other alternative transportation options the City of Davis offers it’s visitors here.

Bike-Share from Campus to Downtown – Use the local bike-share program provided by JUMP Bikes. Learn about it through our GoClub

The “in-person” portion of ISS3 has been cancelled.  Join us on the Virtual Conference!

We have reserved hotels rooms at 3 different hotels near the Symposium Venue.

UC Davis Hyatt  
173 Old Davis Road Extension
Davis, California, United States, 95616

1.2 mile walk through campus from Hyatt Place to ARC (24 min)
1.5 mile drive around campus from Hyatt Place to ARC (6 min)

The rate is $174/night plus tax. There are a limited number of rooms at the Gov’t rate of $141/night plus tax. Gov’t ID required upon check-in.

To make reservations, guests may call ‪(530) 756-9500‬; mention the group name (Smoke Symposium).

Aggie Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
245 First Street
Davis, CA 95616

1.1 mile walk through campus from Aggie Inn to ArC (21 min)
2 mile drive around campus from Aggie Inn to ARC (7 min)

Rate is $149/night (limited number of rooms at Federal rate $125/night), Gov’t ID required upon check-in.
Booking link for the non-government rate rooms at Aggie Inn

Booking link for the government rate rooms at Aggie Inn

University Park Inn
1111 Richards Blvd
Davis, CA 95616

1.4 mile walk through campus from University Park Inn & Suites (28 min)
2.3 mile drive around campus from University Park Inn & Suites (9 min)

State rate $95/night
Federal rate $127/night

Guests need to call the hotel directly 530-756-0910 to book.  Ask for the group name (Smoke Symposium) when reserving room.  Gov’t ID required upon check-in.




Registration is now open.  Registration includes access to all sessions during the symposium. In addition, registrants will have remote access to all recorded sessions for one year after the event.

Workshops are $20 for half day

Dec. 1 - Jan. 31
Feb. 1 - Mar. 31
After Apr. 1
IAWF Member
IAWF Non-Member$575$625$675
Student - IAWF Member$200$200$200
Student - IAWF Non-member$250$250$250
Virtual Only$300$300$300
Virtual - Student$150$150$150
One Day Only$225$225$225

Important Dates

  • Call for Presentation Proposals Closes  – December 20, 2019
  • Call for Workshops Closes – November 25, 2019
  • Early Registration – December 10, 2019
  • Presenters notified – January 6, 2020
  • Regular Registration Begins – February 1, 2010
  • Room Block Expires (Raleigh)– March 19, 2020
  • Late Registration Begins –  April 1, 2010
  • ISS3 – April 20-24, 2020


Registration Scholarships

We are pleased to offer several registration scholarships to attend ISS3 for free. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary access to the full Virtual Conference, which includes access to all presentations for up to one year and online interaction to all presenters and attendees during the conference.

We will consider all applications from the larger wildland, prescribed fire, and smoke management communities. Some scholarships are designated for students.

Please complete the form before April 10th. We will notify the recipients by April 16th.


Questions: Mikel Robinson, [email protected]