These areas are located primarily in the Upper Midwest, such as Lake of the Woods region of Minnesota and the Great Lakes states. This is a forested part of the country which can support a forest products industry. There are many homes mixed into the landscape, which can lead to problematic restoration of the fire regime, but prescribed fire can be used with sufficient local planning and implementation. There is considerable private land ownership, rather than a federal presence.

Example of a Typical County — Adams County, Pennsylvania: Best known for Gettysburg, Adams county also includes fire adapted forests of Michaux State Forest, which are not regularly 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.

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

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

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