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5th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference - Wicked Problem, New Solutions: Our Fire, Our Problem

This conference will be hosted by the International Association of Wildland Fire in conjunction with Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre and Bureau of Meteorology. It will be held concurrently in two locations: Portland, Oregon, USA and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

What to expect from this conference:

A highly educational/engaging and entertaining week featuring selected keynote addresses, numerous plenary, concurrent, and poster presentations, panel discussions, vendor exhibits/displays, and other special sessions (e.g. field trips, staff ride).  Selected presentations will be shared virtually at both conferences.

Themes for the conference:

  • Contemporary fuel management policies and frameworks
  • Modelling and Risk Assessment
  • Extreme Fire Behavior
  • Fuel Modification: Prescribed Burning and other options
  • Smoke Management
  • Fire Ecology and Fire Effects
  • Communication, Engagement and Partnerships
  • Fire Weather
  • Economics


Who should attend the conference?
IAWF encourages participation of government and non-government staff and volunteers at all levels, including:

  • Firefighters
  • Fire and Land Managers
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Educators
  • Fire Management Consultants
  • Community engagement specialists
  • University Students
  • Members of the Public interested in planned burning
  • Anyone who has a vested interest in dealing with wildland fire and bushfire in the future


Tentative Timeline (subject to change):

  • Early Registration Closes - February 25, 2016
  • Papers due for Conference Proceedings - March 15, 2016
  • Room Blocks Expire - March 14, 2016
  • Conference - Monday = Workshops; Tuesday-Thursday = Sessions and Trade Show; Friday = Tours and Field Trips


For more information, visit the conference website.