jOIN THE MISSION TO END DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIREES
IMAGINE A WORLD where humanity and wildﬁre can safely co-exist. Where wildﬁres are rapidly and accurately detected, allowing for the safe management of environmentally beneﬁcial ﬁres and swift response to high-risk ﬁres.
XPRIZE Wildﬁre is a 4-year, $11M competition that will incentivize teams to innovate ﬁreﬁghting technologies that will transform the practices of a crucial industry that have not changed in a century, and end destructive wildﬁre events.
Extreme wildﬁres are on the rise. Globally, the severity of wildﬁres is increasing—they spread faster and burn larger areas at higher intensities.
Wildﬁre is essential to the ecological health of certain forest ecosystems, clearing away dead plant debris to make way for new growth and forming an integral part of the life cycle of an ecosystem. However, extreme and destructive wildﬁres are diﬀerent, wreaking havoc on the expanding Wildland-Urban Interface—where homes, businesses, and major infrastructure are most at risk, creating long-term economic burdens and catastrophic consequences. While only around 3% of all wildﬁres are extreme, they drive over 80% of total associated ﬁre damages and account for an increasing percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions.
As extreme wildﬁres become more frequent, there is a pressing urgency to advance ﬁreﬁghting practices with innovation.
XPRIZE Wildﬁre is oﬀered in partnership with Co-Title Sponsors Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Paciﬁc Gas & Electric, Presenting Sponsor Minderoo Foundation, Bonus Prize Sponsor Lockheed Martin and Supporting Sponsor Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and individual benefactors.