These areas lie within the rural rangeland systems of the Southern Plains. There is a moderate amount of federal land. The road infrastructure exists due to agriculture and there is a good potential for prescribed fire in the rangeland for restoration purposes. Invasive species can be an issue in the prescribed fire areas, so they will need to be considered in the burn program strategic planning. In these counties, prescribed fire is often not used for reducing hazards, but rather towards building a resilient landscape.

Example of a Typical County — Custer County, Nebraska: Custer County lies north of I-80 in central Nebraska and relies on irrigation for crop production.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Very Low
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Very Low
Human-Caused Ignitions Very Low
Effective and Efficient Response:
There is low risk of large wildfires.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
These are largely non-forested counties where
regular use of mowing or grazing may be useful for reducing fuels.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
Local discretion should be used to determine the importance of home and community actions.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions are not as great here as in other parts of the country, but may deserve attention if a local situation dictates.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Response organizations continue to protect structures, treat fuels and target ignitions as local conditions apply.

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