The $11M XPRIZE Wildfire is a 4-year competition to innovate firefighting technologies that will end destructive wildfires.

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Consider adding $10, $100 or more to the prize purse. Your donation will support the winner of this competition – the innovator who helps solve the challenge of detecting and extinguishing wildfires at inception.* All donations are tax deductible. As a donor you’ll receive key benefits and updates.

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 Sponsors Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Costa Navarino, American Family Insurance, Fairfax Financial, and individual benefactors.


The competition is designed to synergistically transform how fires are managed and fought across two tracks:

$5M Space-Based Wildfire Detection and Intelligence Track (Registration open until October 31, 2023)
$5M Autonomous Wildfire Response Track (Registration open until January 31, 2024)

$1M Lockheed Martin Accurate Detection Intelligence Bonus Prize


XPRIZE Wildfire will spur innovation across a wide range of firefighting technologies, transforming the practices of a crucial industry that have not seen major change in a century. The resulting technology will dramatically improve the detection and suppression of destructive wildfires, enabling safe management of all high-risk fires. 

I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effects of wildfires on our local communities in California and around the world. I am thrilled to work with XPRIZE again and to see my early funding grow into a large prize that will attract innovative solutions to this challenging problem.

Dr. Richard Merkin

Seed Donor for XPRIZE Wildfire

The Challenge

Globally, Extreme Wildfire Events (EWEs) are becoming more frequent. EWEs burn bigger, at a higher intensity, and can quickly sprawl out of control. While they represent only around 3% of all wildfires, EWEs account for 80% of total associated fire-damages and are increasingly contributing to global greenhouse gas emissions and worsening health impacts from pollutants.

These large and destructive wildfires wreak havoc on ecosystems worldwide, especially in the expanding Wildland-Urban Interface, where homes, businesses, and major infrastructure are most at risk, and where wildfire control and suppression activities are increasingly outperformed.

How to Win

In the Autonomous Wildfire Response track, teams have 10 minutes to autonomously detect and suppress a high-risk fire in a 1000 km2, environmentally challenging area, leaving any decoy fires untouched.

In the Space-Based Wildfire Detection & Intelligence track, teams will have one minute to accurately detect all fires across a landscape larger than entire states or countries, and 10 minutes to precisely characterize and report data with the least false positives to decision-makers on the ground.

The $1M Lockheed Martin Accurate Detection Intelligence Bonus Prize incentivizes innovations in accurate and precise detection of wildfires. 


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