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

Ron Steffens - Executive Editor Wildfire Magazine

The 3rd International Smoke Symposium Virtual Conference will be held April 20-23, 2020.  We are pleased to offer several registration scholarships to attend. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary access to the full Virtual Conference which includes access to all presentations for up to one year. 

We will consider all applications; however, preference may be given to students. 

Please complete the form before April 10th. We will notify the recipients by April 16th. 

Questions: Mikel Robinson,

 3rd International Smoke Symposium Special Issues

We are working on Special Issues in four professional journals:

· GeoHealth

· International Journal of Wildland Fire (IJWF)

· Journal of the Air &. Waste Management Association (JA&WMA)

·   Atmosphere “Biomass  Burning and Emissions Modeling and Simulation

 We are also seeking applied program, management strategies and policy articles to feature in Wildfire Magazine. 

We are accepting Expressions of Interest now to publish in one of these Special Issues. Complete this form no later than May 4th.  

Welcome to the 3rd International Smoke Symposium (ISS3) Call for Poster Presentation Proposals.
Building on the previous two successful editions, this symposium is a venue and international nexus for sharing the latest developments in public health science, ecology of smoke, research, management, and policy around the important topic of wildland fire smoke from wildfires, rangeland fires, forest fires, and prescribed burns.

This symposium is targeted towards researchers and practitioners with expertise in a range of wildland fire smoke topic areas including: air quality monitoring and/ or regulation, land management, fire responders, extension mechanisms, public health, fire weather, climate change and forecasting, among others.
Using a unified track to enable full participation and maximize engagement, ISS3 will have presentations delivered from both Raleigh, North Carolina and from the University of California Davis. This climate-friendly conference format will ensure broad audience participation and access to world-renown wildland fire smoke experts.

The Call for Oral Presentations is now closed, however, we are still accepting Poster Presentations through March 6th for both Raleigh, NC and UC Davis. 


  • Smoke Chemistry and Measurement
  • Emerging Air Quality Sensors, Networks and Real-time Information

 Smoke Modeling

  • Dispersion and Transport Modeling
  • Air Quality Models for Smoke
  • Data Fusion Techniques, Applications

 Climate Change

  • Climate Modeling
  • Climate Change Impacts on Smoke
  • Smoke Impacts on Climate


  • Fire Activity, Emissions Factors, and Emission Inventories
  • Smoke from Biomass and Human Structures

 Health Impacts

  • Estimating individual and population smoke exposure
  • Wildland/Bushfire Fire Personnel Exposure
  • Public health impacts of smoke (e.g., respiratory, cardiovascular, mental health)
  • Public health interventions for smoke
  • Smoke Hazard Warning and Monitoring Systems
  • Occupational Health (e.g., Wildland Firefighters, outdoor workers)

 Other Impacts

  • Communicating Smoke Impacts
  • Economic Impacts of Smoke
  • Ecological Impacts of Smoke

 Smoke Management

  • Remote Sensing and Tools for Smoke Management
  • Smoke Management and Mitigation
  • Smoke Ready Community Efforts
  • Short/Long Term Tradeoffs Between Rx Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire
  • Global Fire Smoke Issues
  • Differences Between Prescribed Fire & Wildfire/Bushfire in Smoke

Questions? Contact Mikel Robinson, 406-625-7050 or

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 Annual National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy Workshop to be held October 26-30, 2020 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.

3rd International Smoke Symposium

April 20-24, 2020

Raleigh, North Carolina and UC Davis, California

Please upload your presentation at least one day prior to your scheduled presentation.

Questions: Send any questions regarding audio/visual or computer support to Mikel Robinson at or 406-531-8264.


  Virtual Posters

We will be conducting a virtual conference which will include a virtual poster session. In addition to your traditional poster you are encouraged to submit a virtual poster. You will be permitted to submit one PDF or Power Point slide series not to exceed 10 slides prepared exactly the way you would submit this to a printer.  

· The slides would contain the same content that you would display on a printed poster board.

· The first slide should show the full title of your submission.

· Each slide title should be placed in a title placeholder. This allows that title to come across in the hyperlinks on the left bar.

· Place the title of your presentation and your name at the bottom of each slide.

· It is suggested that type size should be at least 24 point. The typeface chosen should be a simple and clear one (e.g., Helvetica).

· When importing or inserting any graphic file (picture) it is important to make sure that it will function on any computer and does not require proprietary software to view. The acceptable formats are as follows: Bitmap (BMP), GIF, JPEG (JPG), Portable Network Graphic (PNG), and TIFF (TIF).

The deadline to submit your virtual poster is April 6th. 

International Association of Wildland Fire