The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. 

We use Submittable to support a range of IAWF's activities, including -

  • Submissions for consideration for publication in Wildfire Magazine: article ideas, complete manuscripts, suggested reprints of existing materials, photos, or graphics. 
  • Conference or workshop abstracts and proposals. Please review the list of open submission forms before submitting to be certain you're submitting to the correct category. 
  • Presentation and poster uploads
  • Award nominations 
  • Scholarship applications

Contact us with any questions! 

Mikel Robinson - Executive Director

 Show us your World! 

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.

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. Safety – Health – Risk – Decisions - Knowledge

We are all IAWF – an association is only as good as its members!! So, in the video please use the hashtag #IAMIAWF

Here are some questions you can use to create your video if you wish. 

Be creative and enjoy. 

  • Who are you? 
  • Where are you? 
  • What are you doing? 
  • What are you showing us? 
  • What do you like/dislike about your work? 
  • What would you like us to know about your part of the world?

We will use your videos to promote the conference on Social Media and will compile them to show during the conference. 


Mikel Robinson, Executive Director, IAWF - 406-625-7059 or

Call for Presentations

Across four days in May 2021, the IAWF will present real world risks and opportunities in an online environment. We are now soliciting abstracts for Oral, Poster Presentations and Deep Dive/Interactive Workshops.  The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 8, 2021. 

A Global Opportunity

Since 1997, the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the global wildland fire community to focus on keeping 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, science, and technology are 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 pandemic and its effects on wildland fire management and communities around the world.


Conference Objectives

  • To create opportunities for presenters and participants to integrate across disciplines.
  • To identify past lessons learned to aid development of innovative and contemporary wildland fire safety and human dimensions in wildland fire to better enhance personal and community safety.
  • To document current wildland fire management safety and human dimensions trends as benchmarks for future challenges and program planning and implementation.
  • To raise awareness of the diversity of approaches, issues, ideas, and importance of safety and human dimensions in wildland fire management.
  • To promote development of innovative management and research ideas.
  • To foster new collaborations between managers, researchers, firefighters, residents, communities, businesses, educational institutions and others in different regions and countries.

The Venue

The global pandemic brings significant burdens for conference planners and attendees alike. These include compliance with social/physical distancing requirements, addressing restrictions on large gatherings, challenges to personal physical and mental health, and concerns for the future. In addition, global travel limitations and individual health concerns are prompting us to think differently about how we deliver the conference and enhance the education and networking opportunities.

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAWF will deliver this conference virtually through a platform that will allow for interactive sessions, posters, networking, and a trade show. We will also provide an opportunity for virtual attached meetings, informal meetings, and brainstorming sessions.

Presenters and attendees will participate from the comfort of their own offices or homes. We will provide presenter guideline and training and will ensure everyone is familiar and comfortable with the technology prior to the conference.

We are seeking presentation proposals in all areas associated with wildland fire safety and human dimensions of wildland fire. Submit your proposal by January 30, 2021. When we get a little closer to the date of the conference we will allow for submissions on emerging topics and late breaking research. “Just in Time” Sessions will be 10 minute micro-talks, more information will be available later.

The International Association of Wildland Fire is seeking a Managing Editor for our quarterly magazine, Wildfire.

This is a part-time contract position to produce four issues in 2021. This position is anticipated to continue.

Wildfire is published quarterly for members of the International Association of Wildland Fire and the greater global wildland fire community. The magazine serves as a storytelling and network building platform, exemplifying our role as a unique supporter and unifier of wildland fire practitioners, managers, researchers, academicians, and wildland fire students across the globe.

Available in print and online, Wildfire is the only publication capturing wildland fire professional experience, policy, and science from across the planet. Through sharing our stories, challenges, research, setbacks, solutions, perspectives, and progress, we connect with, learn from, and inspire each other – unifying our global wildland fire community in these increasingly challenging times.

The International Association of Wildland Fire is a professional membership association that facilitates communication and provides leadership for the global wildland fire community. 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, for firefighter and public safety, and for harmonious interaction between people and their environment. The Association is dedicated to communicating with the entire wildland fire community and providing global linkage for people with shared interest in wildland fire and comprehensive fire management.



  • The Managing Editor is responsible for planning and managing all daily operations of Wildfire Magazine.
  • The Managing Editor will report directly to the IAWF Executive Director, with guidance and support from the IAWF Board of Directors and Communications Committee.
  • This is a contract position for 4 issues in 2021. [February, May, August, November].
  • The position will continue in some form, with future contracts shaped by the 2021 issues.
  • The magazine is typically 48-60 pages, about 25% advertising.
  • The Managing Editor will work closely with the advertising sales and administrative staff that are already in place. The Managing Editor will provide guidance and best practices to the staff, and the staff will provide the historical knowledge of the magazine to the Managing Editor.
  • All work is done remotely, so the job can be located anywhere in the world.
  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Must demonstrate experience in the management of a successful publication periodical in both printed and online formats.
  • Preferred: Subject matter knowledge of wildland fire.

Duties include:

  • Work in conjunction with the IAWF Board of Directors and Communications Committee on the editorial vision, brand of the magazine, and marketing strategies.
  • Participate on bi-monthly Communication Committee conference calls.
  • Brainstorm article ideas.
  • Review article pitches.
  • Write original content.
  • Edit contributed content.
  • Communicate and work with contributing editors and other writers to provide original content.
  • Develop each issue’s editorial, working with other editors to finalize specific stories, angles, and sources.
  • Traffic all workflow of the magazine; including editorial, artwork and ad sales: work with editors, writers, designers, and advertising staff to give deadlines and ensure they are on schedule.
  • Review all articles for content before they are published.
  • Coordinate with designer on layout.
  • Coordinate with the printing/publishing company.

Please submit your resume, fee and/or proposal, and professional fee requirements by December 14, 2020.

You may also submit a video proposal.

For questions please contact:

Mikel Robinson

Executive Director

International Association of Wildland Fire

1418 Washburn Street

Missoula, MT 59801

O: 406-625-7059

M: 406-531-8264

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Call for Workshop Session Proposals

The International Association of Wildland Fire in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) and the Western, Southeast and Northeast Regions of the Cohesive Strategy, invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop session at the 4th National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop to be held October 4-8, 2021 in Asheville, North Carolina. 

In our collective effort to facilitate greater understanding and application of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, we are designing an innovative, constructive and thought-provoking learning event for practitioners and decision-makers around this year’s theme: “Hard Truths, Fantastic Failures and Magnificent Successes of Cross-Boundary, Landscape Level and Community-Wide Implementation.”

The focus for this workshop will be on interactive sessions which actively engage participants, organized around compelling objectives for learning. It is our intent that participants leave the workshop with information that can help them implement tactics and strategies that increase the understanding and use of the Cohesive Strategy Guiding Principles and Management Options.

How can you move beyond a PowerPoint to create such a session? We’ve provided suggestions and resources below. Please review this entire document and the workshop website before preparing your session proposal. Below you’ll find a range of potential topics and examples of session types you might propose. Workshop sessions will be designed to involve the audience in more than just Q & A. We will work individually with session leaders to adapt session topics to active learning formats for maximum learning outcomes. Please use these as ideas as you consider your proposal. Creative, engaging sessions that help participants learn from and connect with each other is the ultimate goal. 

We are seeking sessions that feature subjects such as, but are not limited to: 

  • Where do we see effective or ineffective cross-boundary, landscape-scale, management treatments?
  • What barriers are getting in the way of doing more and how do we overcome them?
  • What fantastic failures have occurred that we can learn from to change the way we are doing business for better wildland fire outcomes? 
  • What are we learning about the “hard truths” of living with wildland fire – what are stakeholders learning to accept to make meaningful progress towards Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and a Safe, Effective, Risk-Based Wildfire Response? 
  • How are policy changes at local, state, Tribal and federal levels that contribute to greater implementation of the Cohesive Strategy? 
  • How can we improve pre-season stakeholder collaboration and coordination that results in the co-management of risk and allowances for managing fire for resource benefit?
  • How can we increase the use of prescribed fire through an “All Hands, All Lands” approach?
  • How can research findings have a bigger impact in the field with positive results in the implementation of Cohesive Strategy Management Options?
  • How do we better engage communities around community-wide wildfire prevention and prepare those at high risk for large, long-duration wildfires?
  • What new and emerging technologies and science can be better leveraged to support practices and collaborative, prioritized actions?
  • How do we move past the “blame game” to work better across boundaries and jurisdictions for better wildland fire outcomes?
  • What else do we need to be learning about to demonstrate how to make meaningful progress towards Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities and a Safe, Effective, Risk-Based Wildfire Response?

Please identify what format you’re proposing for your session. 

Each session must go beyond the standard presentation format to include audience participation as a tool for shared learning. A few formats are below but you are not limited to these. We encourage you to be creative! We will be working with each successful proposal leader to develop and enhance session interaction. 

Please identify what your proposed content will provide for participants in the context of the Cohesive Strategy. Will you be facilitating development of action items in your session or leave participants with information or models they can replicate back home?

Available session opportunities are:

  • One-hour interactive sessions with available facilitator  
  • One-and-a-half-hour interactive sessions with available facilitator
  • Poster sessions – must meet intention to leave participants with information and/or a model that can be replicated back home.

Some resources for creative, interactive workshop sessions:

If you have any questions, contact: 

Mikel Robinson

International Association of Wildland Fire


"Fired Up" Initiative to Honor and Feature our Stories of Success

We at IAWF want to share stories about the unique contributions made by individuals and groups to the Wildland Fire Community. Therefore, we are launching the "Fired Up" initiative, featuring those who have made strides in advancing and contributing to wildfire/bushfire operations, mitigation/prevention, training and research. Contributions can be at the ground-level through administration, so long as they are noteworthy or innovative.

We invite members of the IAWF and the Wildland fire community at large to submit recommendations for individuals and groups that deserve to have their stories shared for publication.

Guidelines: Submit your nomination for an individual or group that you believe is worth featuring in an issue of Wildfire magazine. We will need a justification for why an individual should be recognized, a short bio, and photo of the individual or group at work (if you have one). All IAWF members as well as people supporting the global wildland fire community are eligible to nominate individuals as well as to be recognized.

Wildfire magazine will feature up to two individuals or groups an issue. Individuals who are recognized in "Fired Up" will receive a one-year  membership at IAWF, and groups who are recognized will receive up to five, one-year memberships.

Thank you,
Editors of Wildfire magazine and the IAWF Membership Committee

Wildfire Magazine, published by the International Association of Wildland Fire, is a quarterly magazine and website for the global wildland fire community. Wildfire keeps professional and community readers informed on emerging issues and resources in fire management, wildfire science and ecology, health and safety, and leadership.

The magazine is written primarily by fire-management professionals, scientists, and leaders working in wildfire, bushfire, prescribed fire, and wildfire-affected communities. These experts share their practical experience and knowledge as they examine issues that are key to our communities and profession.

We accept queries for article ideas and complete articles as well as photos and multimedia content. 

PLEASE review our Writer Guidelines before you submit.

This Award is to recognize a promising early-career professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability in any field of wildfire operations. Early career is nominally taken to include professionals who are under 40 years of age when nominated.  

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions.  When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating. 

This Award is to recognize a promising early-career professional who has demonstrated outstanding ability in any field of wildland fire science. Early career is nominally taken to include professionals who are under 40 years of age when nominated.

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

The "Management Award" was established to honor achievements and sustained excellence in the management of wildland fire programs.  This award recognizes an individual who have made lasting contributions in program management and inspired others through their creativity, innovation, leadership, application, guidance, and communication in response to challenging and controversial wildland fire management issues.

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

The purpose of the "Ember Award" is to recognize sustained excellence in wildland fire research and to encourage innovation, exploration, application, and dissemination of important research results. The name "Ember" reflects the fact  that research and science often move slowly, and their benefits or impacts may not be apparent for years. The award was established to recognize sustained and excellent research contributions to wildland fire science, innovative solutions to important wildland fire challenges, and effective and appropriate communication of wildland fire science and research results.

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions.  When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

The IAWF Wildland Fire Safety Award is given to an individual in the international wildland fire community who has made a significant contribution to wildland firefighter safety, either directly on the fireline; or indirectly through management, cultural changes, or through wildland fire research. Their contribution is frequently beyond their normal everyday job expectations - sometimes at the potential risk to their own career, and their example can encourage others to act in a similar manner. 

To nominate an individual, please send an essay (no more than 800 words) on why the nominated person should receive the award, a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who may be contacted to affirm the importance of the nominated individual's contributions.  When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

The Award was inaugurated in 1997 at the IAWF's first Wildland Fire Safety Summit® held in Rossland, British Columbia. Over the years it has been awarded to fourteen individuals. 

  • 2018 - Kelly Close (USA)
  • 2017 - Domingos Viegas (Portugal)
  • 2015 - March Castellnou (Spain)
  • 2012 – Dave Thomas (USA)
  • 2011 - Jim Cook (USA) 
  • 2009 - Brian Sharkey (USA) 
  • 2008 - Bob Mutch (USA) 
  • 2005 - Ted Putnam (USA) 
  • 2003 - Marty Alexander (Canada) 
  • 2001 - Dick Rothermel (USA) 
  • 2000 - Al Beaver (Canada) 
  • 1999 - Harry Luke (Australia) 
  • 1998 - Paul Gleason (USA) 
  • 1997 - Chuck Hartley (USA)

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee's contributions. 

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2021 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science/Arts (MSc/MA) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the global wildland fire community.  

The application period will be open between 15-January-2021 and 19-March-2021.  Scholarship recipients will be announced at the Virtual Conference in May.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student’s submitted essay. Please see the guidelines and application information for details.

Guidelines and Application information

1) The applicant must be a member of IAWF at the time of application and remain so at least during their award period.  Visit IAWF web site for details on membership application ( and visit the Membership/Benefits for online membership application.    

2) The applicant must be enrolled full-time in graduate school with, at the closing date of the scholarship application period, at least 8 months remaining in their program if they are an MSc candidate or 12 months remaining if they are a PhD candidate.  

3) The applicant must submit a 500-750 (750 maximum) word essay submitted in English that includes 3 components: (UPLOAD BELOW)

    (i) a description of how they have or will overcome challenges and/or barriers associated with their academic program and associated research. These challenges and/or barriers may include, but are not limited to:

      §  location of the research (e.g., field site, laboratory, geographic region)

      §  subject area being studied (e.g., non-traditional or evolving research area)

      §  country/region of origin or other personal circumstances;

   (ii) a description of how the international fire community will benefit from completion of their post graduate studies; and

  (iii) a statement of the anticipated benefit the scholarship would bring to the student with particular emphasis on (but not limited to) how scholarship funds would be used to further their research goals and/or allow the dissemination of research to the fire management community (an example would be additional meetings, workshops or conferences attended).

4) The applicant must arrange for a letter of support written in English to be submitted on their behalf by their primary thesis supervisor. The letter of support must confirm: (1) the student is enrolled in an MSc or PhD program under their supervision; (2) the student has at least 8 months (MSc applicants) or 12 months (PhD applicants) remaining in the program at the time of application; (3) the content of the student’s essay is accurate; and (4) the student has the ability to successfully complete the work. The letter may be uploaded below or emailed to Mikel Robinson,

5) Upon completing their degree, all scholarship recipients will submit to the Association a copy of the signature page approving the thesis or other similar academic requirement, and a copy of the abstract that appears in the body of the thesis. These materials will be transmitted by the student under a cover letter that states the IAWF is permitted to use the information in these materials in publications of their choosing. The purpose of this authorization/waiver is to allow the IAWF to highlight the success of this program and those of the students sponsored.

6) Scholarship recipients will acknowledge the financial support of the IAWF in all publications or manuscripts arising from work sponsored in part by this scholarship.

7) Completed applications must be received no later than 19-March-2021.

Essay formatting instructions

Your name should appear at the top of each page and all pages must be numbered.

The text should be double-spaced on Letter (8.5 x 11 inch) or A4 (21 x 29.7 cm) paper. Your completed student essay, including the body of the text and any references, figure or table captions, must not exceed 750 words. Submissions that exceed 750 words, determined from an electronic word count, will be disqualified.

Accepted formats - WORD and PDF.


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