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Building a global approach to the wildfire challenge.

Bringing Attention to One of the Most Important Forces Shaping Wildfire

Fire and Climate 2022 will concentrate our attention on the most significant forces shaping wildland fire today and better prepare us to focus and respond to the formidable challenges of tomorrow.

Recent fires in North America and South America, Australia, across Europe and into Asia, highlight the challenges we face as a global wildland fire community. These events are not isolated, nor are they confined to traditionally fire-prone countries: Bolivia, Chile, Israel, Denmark, Greenland, Sweden, Finland, China and Russia, are among countries facing growing challenges. Fire and Climate 2022 will feature insights, case studies, innovations and opinions from around the world to begin to form a collective, global approach to the wildfire challenge. California has often been at the forefront of innovation in wildland fire management. Holding a conference in California will leverage the lessons learned and adaptive behaviors that are emerging after the 2018 Camp Fire and the 2020 and 2021 fire seasons that will benefit the international wildland fire community. Similarly, Melbourne is well placed to draw on bushfire insights and expertise from experiences of major fires across eastern and southern Australia.

The cascading impacts from fires, the cumulative effects from successive wildfires and the ability to be resilient in the face of these challenges are a call to the wildland fire community to think smarter, faster, and entertain novel ideas to prepare for, respond to and recover from these events. Wildfire is a dire problem and demands that we address the complexities that contribute to the social, biophysical and design elements that contribute to present day dilemmas. An international gathering that encompasses the concerns of the broader wildland fire community, including the benefits of and need for more prescribed burning, will help us address these complexities. This conference will merge the topics that the IAWF has established over three decades through its regular suite of conferences including the Wildland Fire Safety Summit, Human Dimensions of Wildfire, and the Fire Behavior and Fuels conference. These include the interdependent effects related to human built infrastructure, land use and housing patterns, insurance availability and viability, air quality and smoke management, community safety, public warnings, combined effect of climate change and fire on values such as biodiversity, carbon storage, water yields and quality, supply of timber, infestations and drought, impact on private businesses and property tax base, rising costs of emergency response for federal agencies and states, as well as the looming financial threat to counties and municipalities, long term land management approaches, Indigenous fire management knowledge, wildfire response, changing fire behavior and suppression, and fire fighter workforce safety, care and well-being. Harvesting experience, sharing lessons learned and anticipating how to address the unforeseen challenges, creates a pressing need for us to convene an all-hands international conference at this time.

Call for Presentations

If you have an innovative idea on how the wildland fire community can better respond to the wildfire problem, please plan on submitting a presentation.

Become a Sponsor

Does your organization share our values and vision for the future of the wildfire community? Become a Fire & Climate sponsor!

Be an Exhibitor

Becoming a conference exhibitor provides great visibility and exposure for your business or organization. We’ll be opening sign up soon.

Become a Volunteer

We will be looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions throughout the conference organization. If interested, please check back soon to sign up.

IAWF—Who are we?

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) professional association committed to a non-partisan approach for uniting the global wildland fire community. We were formed in 1990 as a global professional membership association. For 30 years IAWF has grown from a fledging organization to the foremost global member-focused association spanning 26+ countries. The IAWF was formed to promote a better understanding of wildland fire and built on the belief that an understanding of this dynamic natural force is vital for natural resource management, protecting the health, safety and welfare of people including firefighters and the public, and for harmonious interactions between people and their environment. IAWF is dedicated to communicating with the entire wildland fire community and providing a global linkage for people with shared interest in wildland fire and all of the associated topics of this multifaceted community.
To accomplish these goals, we convene and create networks across sectors, fields and disciplines to connect the wildfire community through multiple platforms, through which we communicate and convene including conferences, our website, the premier academic journal in our field (International Journal of Wildland Fire), a popular-oriented magazine (Wildfire) and via social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In.