The International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) was founded in 1991 after a meeting of the International Panel on Boreal Forests in Archangelsk, Russia. The Wildland Fire Working Group (originally called “Stand Replacement Fire Working Group [SRFWG]) was one of the first working groups created under the IBFRA, and to date, it has been the most active. Following an organizational meeting in Siberia in 1992, the Wildland Fire Working Group has strongly promoted and facilitated cooperative international and multi-disciplinary boreal forest fire research between Russia and western boreal countries of Europe and North America (Fosberg 1992, Stocks et al. 1996a).
A number of collaborative studies dealing with global and regional climate change / fire issues, remote sensing, fire behavior, fire danger rating, fire history and fire ecology and effects have been initiated:
Conference and field campaign Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN), initiated by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Sukachev Institute for Forest in Central Siberia in 1993, with the participation of all boreal nations;
International Crown Fire Modelling Experiment in Ft. Providence, Northwest Territories, Canada, which began in 1997-98 with a cooperative involvement of European and Russian scientists, and
the Russian FIRE BEAR (Fire Effects in the Boreal Eurasia Region) Project initiated in Krasnoyarsk region in 1998 (ongoing, with Canadian and US participation)
The IBFRA Wildland Fire Working Group has developed close ties with the
FROSTFIRE experiment, conducted in the State of Alaska (USA).