Welcome to the Fourth International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning, and Policy: Climate Change and Wildfires. From its inception the intent of the symposium has been to bring to the forefront the relevance of these topics not normally discussed in other wildland fire conferences. Since the Third Symposium held in Carolina, Puerto Rico, disastrous events in the 2007 to 2011 fire seasons, in Australia, China, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and United States, among others, have exacerbated the wildfires problem.
Climate change seems to be playing an important role in the problem. Many changes in policy have taken place in response to the new challenges. It is time again to come together as a community of interest to address the ever present wildfire problems and share experiences on how different regions of the world are dealing with in. We hope this forum provides you with information helpful to your decision making process.