The annual area burned by forest fires in the western United States has increased ten-fold over the past half-century. Assuming constant fuels, models project a doubling of mean annual forest-fire area between now and 2050, compared to 1991–2020.  

Long-term vision

The long-term vision for the initiative is to establish wildfire resilience in Western North America, where beneficial fire is the dominant contributor to annual area burned.

Targeted philanthropic funding can help realize that vision by supporting:

  • Deeper understanding. Increased knowledge and understanding of wildfire and changing fire regimes through a multidisciplinary, coordinated fire research agenda.
  • Early fire interventions. Accelerated advances in science, technology, and data integration for improved monitoring, early fire detection, consequence assessment, and safe and effective response.
  • Pre-fire community interventions. Aligned incentives and stakeholders to implement wildfire mitigations that disrupt fire pathways into communities and structure to structure with them, and ensure that communities can coexist with the impacts of wildfire and smoke.
  • Pre-fire ecosystem interventions. Accelerated, tested, demonstrated, and adapted stewardship models at the watershed scale, to reduce vulnerability to ecosystem conversion and to enable beneficial fire.
  • Measurement and evaluation. Science-based key indicators, implementation dashboards, and outcome scorecards of wildfire resilience for watersheds and communities in Western North America.
  • Enabling conditions. A framework that helps integrate wildfire resilience efforts across sectors, inspires others to collaborate and invest in ways that augment and accelerate collective goals, and fosters conditions for success and durability

Are you a funder interested in learning more or joining forces in tackling this challenge?

Take a look at the resources and offerings of our new Wildfire Resilience Funders Network.  

Do you have thoughts or inquiries related to this initiative?

Because of our tightly defined grantmaking strategies, many worthwhile projects fall outside the scope of our funding priorities, and we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. However, if you have thoughts or inquiries related to our work that you would like to share, please send us a brief, ~100-word email to Please understand that due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we are only able to commit to reviewing those inquiries that adhere to the ~100-word guideline.


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