MSU leads new $1.7 million research project to help disadvantaged communities confronting wildfires and related cascading hazards

STARKVILLE, Miss.—An interdisciplinary team led by Mississippi State researchers is receiving a $1.7 million grant to better equip emergency planners and other stakeholders to reduce the vulnerability of disadvantaged communities to the impacts of wildfires and related cascading hazards such as mudslides, landslides and flooding.

Researchers note the importance and timeliness of this study because of an increase in the frequency and severity of wildfires—2020 was the most active wildfire year for the western U.S.—and the escalating risk of wildfire-related cascading hazards under a changing climate.

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