Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Cooke, William H. III

Committee Member

Choi, Jinmu

Committee Member

Rodgers, John C.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Geosciences


The human risk as a spatial component using Newton?s Gravity model is explored for the first time in this research along with fuels and road density variables to predict the fire occurrences for Southeast Mississippi fire district. The fire risk map indicated that fires occur in clusters and are dependent on fire size and distance from roads. The results proved that fire size increases as fire locations increase. Fire locations decrease significantly beyond 160 meters with increasing road distance. The Gravity model proved to be a better estimator of fire risk while a similar road density model proved to be better in very low and medium fire risk zones. Compared to road density, the gravity model significantly proved a better estimate of very low fire risk for all seasons and summer low fire risk. For all other fire risks, though, gravity model showed better results no significant differences were observed.