The annual area burned by forest fires in the western United States has increased ten-fold over the past half-century. Assuming constant fuels, climate–fire 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:

  • Integration of wildfire resilience efforts across sectors.  
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of wildfire and changing fire regimes through a multidisciplinary, coordinated fire research agenda.
  • Accelerated advances in science, technology, and data integration that make the most difference for improved early fire detection, consequence assessment, and response.
  • Aligned incentives and stakeholders to implement wildfire mitigations that ensure that communities can coexist with the impacts of wildfire and smoke.
  • Tested, adapted, and demonstrated fire and ecosystem stewardship models to avoid the conversion impacts of extreme wildfire events and instead burn under appropriate and beneficial conditions in the context of a changing climate.
  • Science-based key indicators, implementation dashboards, and outcome scorecards of wildfire resiliency for watersheds and counties in Western North America.
  • A framework that inspires others to collaborate and/or invest in ways that augment and accelerate collective goals.

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 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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