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The IAWF is a professional membership association established 30+ years ago to facilitate global communication about wildland fire and provide leadership through a neutral forum that considers and addresses all important, and at times controversial, wildland fire issues. Become a part of this professional resource for local to global scale scientific and technical knowledge, education, networking and professional development.

Become an IAWF Member today! 
The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) awards two graduate-level scholarships typically valued at $3,000 USD to Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Ph.D. students studying wildland fire or wildland fire-related topics. Student submitted essays are evaluated by an international panel of fire science experts and one award recipient is chosen for the Masters level and one for the Doctoral level. The IAWF has been presenting this award annually to members of the fire science community since 2007. | LEARN MORE
Man holding drip torch in the middle of a prescribed burn in the University of Idaho Experimental Forest
Wildland fire management across the U.S. is under intense scrutiny as it faces challenges of extreme wildfire seasons, a warming climate and increasing pressures on natural resources. As he ends his term as President of the Student Association for Fire Ecology, Lars Filson offers his view on whether the current cohort of graduates is up to the task. | READ 

Pictured: College of Natural Resources prescribed burn in the University of Idaho Experimental Forest  

Knowledge Exchange: Climate Change and Fire: Focus on South Eastern Australia, Webinar
In case you missed itDr. Sarah Harris, Manager of Research and Development at Country Fire Authority. WEBINAR: Fire weather in Victoria has changed over recent decades and these changes are projected to continue. Managers need to understand the variability and trends in observed fire weather and require estimates of future fire weather and danger trends and associated uncertainty at spatial and temporal resolutions sufficiently high to meet their needs. WATCH
Science Spotlight: Quantifying Merging Fire Behavior Phenomena Using unmanned aerial vehicle technology
Catastrophic wildfires are often a result of dynamic fire behaviours. They can cause rapid escalation of fire behaviour, increasing the danger to ground-based emergency personnel. To date, few studies have characterised merging fire behaviours outside the laboratory. The aim of this study was to develop a simple, fast and accurate method to track fire front propagation using emerging technologies to quantify merging fire behaviour at the field scale. READ
16th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, 6th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference; A global conference for real world problems; May 24-27

Join the IAWF on a trip around the world through the lens of wildlanshow us your worldd fire.
Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and opportunities in an online environment. 


Conference Updates:
  • We received an overwhelming response to the Call for Presentation Proposals; we are working hard to quickly review the proposals and assemble the program schedule - stay tuned
  • Check out some of our featured speakers (we’ll be adding more soon)
  • Register by March 1 to receive the Early Rate!
  • Scholarships are available ("need-based" or "diversity") - application deadline: March 15
  • Check out the Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities (by sponsoring and/or exhibiting you will receive a global reach unlike any in-person event)
Workforce Resilience Ignite Talk Series: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: A Practice for Challenging Times and All Times. A way of being happy

February 23, 2021 | 4:30-6 pm MST | REGISTER

Presented by Michelle Reugebrink

Considering the intensity of the past year, from historic wildfires to social and economic tensions to a global pandemic, it is no wonder that many of us are experiencing burnout, stress, and anxiety. This includes first responders who regularly experience critical incidents and ongoing stress. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MSBR) program is available to help you cope with a range of stressors and anxiety through a medical and science-based approach. Psychological resilience can be learned through specific practices and has been found to bolster resiliency in the face of, and in recovering from, stress. We hope you join us. LEARN MORE
The 4th National Cohesive Strategy Workshop will center on this theme and focus sharply on understanding, co-managing, transferring, and accepting risk at federal, state, Tribal and local stakeholder levels to prioritize and invest in decisions, projects and other efforts that result in widespread reduction in risk across landscapes, and communities, the public and firefighters collectively better.

We are cautiously moving forward with our planning for an in-person event, with remote attendance/presenting opportunities available. We will continue to closely monitor the guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests.

Wildland Fire Canada Conference October 25-29, 2021, Edmonton, Alberta
Wildland Fire Canada Conference
Save the Date: October 25-29, 2021

Wildland Fire Canada Conference (WFCC) brings together wildland fire management agencies, partners, and collaborators in Canada and around the world. These biennial conferences focus on wildland fire management, ecology, and science in Canada. Canada has a diversity of fire-prone environments that bring a unique perspective to wildland fire challenges and opportunities. The IAWF is pleased to partner with the Wildland Fire Management Working Group to bring you this conference. We are moving forward with our planning for a hybrid event, combining the in-person event with a virtual event with remote attendance/presenting opportunities available. We will continue to closely monitor the guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests.

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