These are primarily USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in the forested and mixed landscapes of the Western United States. These public lands often experience large fires that may threaten adjacent communities. Fire is likely.

Example of a Typical County — Klamath County, Oregon: Klamath County includes Crater Lake National Park, the Winema National Forest and BLM and private lands.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels High
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions Very Low
Effective and Efficient Response:
There is high risk of large wildfires, more potential for resource benefits.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
These counties have a history of using prescribed fire and could expand or maintain use of this fuel management option. When possible, use naturally ignited wildfire, under controlled situations, to accomplish similar fuel treatment targets. Areas with large contiguous blocks of natural vegetation could benefit from prescribed fire.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
Community protection will be a primary focus for these counties. Communities can plan and take coordinated action. This can include the creation of buffers and strategic fuel breaks. Individual homeowners can be proactive on home defensive actions. These counties could also adjust building and construction codes in all non-municipal areas.

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
Prepare for large, long duration wildfires.

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