The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) mission is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community. This Submittable site is used to support a range of IAWF's communication activities, including the submission of article pitches and complete articles/photos/graphics for Wildfire Magazine, a membership and professional magazine focused on wildland fire and bushfire management, and the submission of conference abstracts and proposals. Please review the list of open submission forms before submitting, to be certain you're submitting to right category, and contact us with any questions.
The Fire Continuum Conference: Preparing for the Future of Wildland Fire
Presented by Association for Fire Ecology and International Association of Wildland Fire
The University of Montana, Missoula
May 21-24, 2018

An Invitation to hold Attached Meetings

In a time of dramatically reduced or restricted budgets, the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) and the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) recognize that it is difficult for those of us in the fire ecology, research and management fields to justify travel to multiple conferences and meetings and we think that doubling up on travel is a fiscally responsible way to attend professional meetings.  We invite groups and committees to hold smaller meetings in conjunction with The Fire Continuum Conference: Preparing for the Future of Wildland Fire to be held in Missoula, Montana, USA, at the University of Montana, May 21 -24, 2018.

Rooms ranging in capacity from 10 to 200 will be available at no extra cost in The University of Montana during the following times:

  • Monday Morning, May 21 (during workshops) 
  • Wednesday after 12:30 pm, May 23 (during optional field trips)
  • Friday, May 25
  • Tuesday or Thursday Evening (the welcome reception is Monday evening and the Evening Event is Wednesday evening)

 Note: Larger rooms are limited so please reserve early to secure your space.

If you are interested in holding an attached meeting in conjunction with The Fire Continuum Conference: Preparing for the Future of Wildland Fire conference, please submit your request here.

Questions: Bob Gray

"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.

Each issue of Wildfire magazine will feature up to two individuals or groups. 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 is a bimonthly 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 the wildfire, bushfire and urban interface 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. We suggest you review our Author Guidelines before you submit.

In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2018 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 12 February 2018 and 2 April 2018.  Scholarship recipients will be announced by the end of May 2018.

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 his/her 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 his/her 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 2 April 2018.

 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.

All presenters are required to upload their power point presentation the day prior to the session.

This conference offers you and your fellow poster presenters, a novel opportunity for you to promote your poster presentation, in the form of a one-minute video. The video will serve to promote your poster and invite conference participants to visit with you during the session. The video should not be a PowerPoint presentation; rather, it should be a short video intended to catch the interest of conference participants and introduce them to your topic. Essentially, we are giving you the opportunity to do a short oral presentation:  use this opportunity to be creative!

The deadline for submitting your video is May 1st.  Your video should be compatible with QuickTime and should be as high a resolution as possible in 4:3 format.  The videos will be included on the conference webpage and social media.