Objective: The purpose/objectives of the 2: Congress is an open exchange of information between fire managers, land managers, fire ecologists and the meteorological and climatological community. As stated above, the issue of wildland fire has become one of great concern. The economic costs alone on an annual basis have attracted the attention Congress and 0MB. These costs do not take into consideration the ecological costs associated with the types of fire activity we have seen over the past few decades. Many would have us solve these problems by re-introducing wildland fire back into the system the same way we have brought back an endangered species with the overall objective being, 'the more fire we see the better things will become.'