$11 Million

Prize Purse

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

XPRIZE Wildfire is made possible thanks to the generosity of Co-Title Sponsors: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Pacific Gas & Electric and Presenting Sponsor: Minderoo Foundation


Every contribution counts towards ending destructive wildfires. Join us in making difference by contributing to XPRIZE Wildfire.


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

$5M Autonomous Wildfire Response Track
$5M Space-Based Wildfire Detection and Intelligence Track

$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. 

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 two ground stations.

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


Advisory Board