Ending Deadly Wildfires



What if technology could detect deadly fires precisely where and when they start and extinguish them in minutes?

XPRIZE Wildfire is a three-year competition that will source teams of innovators from around the globe to develop integrated systems that can autonomously detect, assess and suppress potentially catastrophic wildfires quickly.

The winning team will autonomously detect and suppress an incipient wildfire within a defined 1,000km2 area in under 10 minutes from ignition, while leaving any decoy fires untouched. For more details about the competition see the executive summary here.

Already, $6.5M have been committed towards the prize. Help us reach our $15M goal to launch this competition.

EVERY YEAR, wildfires cause a massive global economic burden, destroy homes and habitats, and result in devastating injuries and loss of life.

$350B In annual economic losses in the U.S. alone
340K People die every year from exposure to wildfires
20 Of the biggest Mega Fires occured since 2000, fifteen of which were in California
5X The size of Texas is burned annually — that's 2x more land than 40 years ago
20% Of global CO2 emissions are estimated to come from wildfires

Wildfires have become the most destructive symbol in climate change, we have to do something before it’s too late, there’s no more warnings

Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Greek Prime Minister

Sponsors & Partners

This work is made possible by our generous Sponsors who provide funding support for prize design, prize purse and operational funding. In addition, we develop strategic relationships with Partners who work hand in hand with XPRIZE, contributing their time, resources and expertise to advance the priorities of all stakeholders. For more information about sponsorship opportunities contact us.

Eleni Kounalakis
California Lieutenant Governor, Partner
Dr. Richard Merkin, MD
XPRIZE Wildfire Prize Design Sponsor
Michael Antonov
XPRIZE Wildfire Prize Operations and Purse Sponsor
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
XPRIZE Wildfire Prize Operations and Purse Sponsor

Get Involved

If you would like to lend your support to this important initiative, please fill out the form and an XPRIZE team member will reach out to you with further details.