Wildland fire management encompasses a broad spectrum of planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation activities. These activities are designed to safely protect people, property, communities, societal infrastructure, and natural resources from detrimental effects of unwanted fires, to use fire where appropriate, to make all landscapes and human populations resilient to fire-related disturbances; and to accomplish stated goals and objectives. Wildland fire management involves the application of ecologic, social, and physical science, risk-based decision-making, risk management, human performance, and community engagement for discovery of new knowledge and capabilities; strategic planning for prevention, suppression, prescribed fire, use of wildland fire; and tactical application of the full range of ground and aerial implementation practices.
The International Fire Behavior and Fuels 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 that will facilitate setting a course to the future that addresses and responds to developing challenges locally, regionally, and globally. The conference occurs every three years with the 5th Fire Behaviour and Fuels Conference held in Melbourne, Australia and Portland, Oregon, in April 2016.