The majority of these counties are located in the southeast. They are predominately forested with an active forest products industry. This industry, combined with good road infrastructure supports a system of mechanical and strategic prescribed fire applications. There are many homes mixed into the landscape, which leads to problematic restoration of the fire regime. One of the best ways to reduce risk is to concentrate on lowering the number of intentional ignitions.

Example of a Typical County — Fayette County, Alabama: This rural county lies 50 miles northwest of Tuscaloosa. Eighty-nine percent of the county is forested and this is nearly all privately held and it is occasionally burned.

National Priorities

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

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
There may be an active forest products industry nearby, which could support fuel treatments. Treatments are economical as a precursor to prescribed fire.

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

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

Human-Caused Ignitions
Reduce human-caused incendiary ignitions by focusing on enforcement programs.

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