IS-Fires project aims to enhance prevention and preparedness during informal settlement fires.

This project aims to address a very complex, largely neglected problem affecting low/low-middle socio-demographic index countries. Scale model fire experiments, and semi-probabilistic computational analysis will be used to develop a robust fire spread model to enhance communities’ safety and resilience.

This project’s ambition is to understand and develop insight into IS fires by assessing complex factors such as dwellings distance, ventilation, and waste accumulation, to understand physical mechanisms of IS fire spread and fill research gaps.

Globally, over a billion people live in informal settlements (IS) and this number is expected to rapidly grow. Given typically dense and highly combustible nature of these dwellings, largescale destructive IS fires occur daily with catastrophic consequences that include injuries, fatalities, loss of property and livelihood disruption. This is a pressing challenge, as identified by LRF, regarding safety of physical infrastructure and public understanding of risk.

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