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Data spanning a broad spectrum of environmental, socioeconomic, and fire related statistics were assembled to support development of the Cohesive Strategy. These data have been summarized and consolidated to the county level in order to provide a comparable unit of analysis across data sets. Counties are grouped together based upon the similarities among them with respect to key variables that are relevant to the principal themes of landscape character and risk to communities.

Wildland fire encompasses numerous interacting and complex social, ecological, and physical factors. The analysis and discussion is organized around four national challenges that include: Vegetation and Fuels; Homes, Communities, and other Values at Risk; Human -caused Ignitions; and Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response.

The attributes of counties falling within each combination of community clusters and landscape classes were considered relative to the four national challenges. The match between county characteristics and thematic actions were then used to suggest relative priorities from a national perspective.