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About the Skyfire Summit

The 2015 Skyfire Summit is a conference commemorating the Travis Walton UFO incident of 1975 which took place near the rural town of Heber, Arizona. The Walton event made international news shortly after 6 members of a logging crew reported to law enforcement that a 7th member of their crew had gone missing.  It quickly became apparent to the town, media, and those involved in the search that the Walton incident was far from the routine missing persons case.  Specifically, the crew reported that Travis went missing after a traumatic incident in which they witnessed a saucer-shaped object hovering over a forest clearing on the side of a dirt road.  The crew recalled Travis exiting the truck in which they were traveling.  He then approached the hovering object while the frightened crew frantically pled for him to return to the vehicle.  Within moments, witnesses stated that as Travis turned to run back to the truck, he was struck by a bright bolt or beam of light emanating from the craft.  In a panic and in fear for their lives, the crew drove away leaving their injured crew member behind.  Returning to the site a short while later, Travis was nowhere to be found.  After no success in the first few days of searching, law enforcement turned their attention to the possibility they were dealing with a homicide case.  Now with international attention focused on the event, the global media exploded with coverage of the story when Travis was reported as found.  Travis’s encounter, as told in the 1979 book “Fire in the Sky”, became the focus of Hollywood filmmaker Tracy Torme’s 1995 film by the same name.


From the beginning, Travis Walton’s significant and unique close encounter of the 4th kind has continued to intrigue and inspire researchers and historians across many disciplines.  Within ufology, the incident has often been referred to as the most well-documented UFO abduction case in history.  The Skyfire Summit will provide a number of opportunities to meet the people involved in the case.  Our pre-conference event provides a once in a life time opportunity on Thursday November 5, the 40th anniversary of the 1975 encounter, to retrace Travis’s steps in the woods at the exact incident location.

The conference lectures will commence on Friday with a lineup of speakers, among the most well-known researchers and experts in ufology. During the three day UFO conference you will hear from those who experienced the Travis Walton case first-hand, as well as well-respected and recognized lecturers discussing similar UFO incidents and topics. The conference takes place in Overgaard, Arizona, inside All Season’s Resort’s refurbished stable barn, surrounded by the beautiful Sitgreaves National Forest. Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or new to the field, there’s something for everyone at the Skyfire Summit. Our goal is to make this an annual event with the intent of sharing information regarding legitimate UFO research and experience, ultimately cultivating awareness that we may not be alone in the universe.

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