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A Virtual Conference,
for Real World Problems

May 24 - 27, 2021

Join us on a trip around the world through the lens of wildland fire. Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and opportunities in an online environment. We will connect a truly international audience, with global topics and speakers from around the world, on different continents and time zones. The IAWF 16th Wildland Fire Safety Summit and the 6th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference will address the issues that make the global wildland fire community safe, smart and supported.

5 Fire Themes

Safety, health, risk, decisions, knowledge

4 Fire Days

Online globally Monday May 24 to Thursday May 27, 2021

3 Fire Spotlights

Fire (wildland and prescribed),
People (operations, health, politics and science)
Planet (climate, technology and urban growth)

2 Fire Conferences

Wildland Fire Safety Summit, Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference

1 Fire Planet

Issues and insights from wildland fire regions around the world

Get a Scholarship

The IAWF is offering registration scholarships to attend our upcoming Virtual Conference – Conference Diversity Scholarships and Need Based Scholarships!

New Workshops

We’ve added two new workshops to the program schedule. Space is limited so register today!

About the Conference

Since 1997, the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the global wildland fire community to focus on how we keep our workforce and communities safe. This event is a time for us to discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training and operations, to share safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to both firefighter and community safety. Likewise, since 2007, the Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference has aimed to advance the knowledge and practice related to the social, political, economic, psychological and other human aspects of managing fire prone landscapes.

This joint conference offers a forum where past experience and lessons learned are documented, current work showcased, and emerging ideas/technology presented to provide a strong foundation for reflection and action to set the future course of practice, management and research  in response to  local, regional, and global challenges. The 2021 conference will place particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on the COVID-19 and its effects on wildland fire management and our communities around the world.

Show us Your World

In the build up to the virtual conference, we want to see where our members are and what they are doing. We invite you to submit a 30 second – 2 minute video around the 5 themes of the conference.


Become a Sponsor

Help us make the global wildland fire community feel safe, smart and supported; all while reaching a global audience. Become a sponsor and reserve your space in the Virtual Expo Hall today.

Presented by:

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 wildland fire 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. 

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