These counties are distinguished by a separation of wildland and communities, and a high fire occurrence. There is limited evidence of prescribed fire use here, unlike adjacent counties.

Example of a Typical County — Clinton County, Pennsylvania: Clinton county experienced large fires in 2006 and in prior decades in the oak-heath state forest lands.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Moderate
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions Moderate
Effective and Efficient Response:
Counties in this combo have high risk to large wildfires and most counties have less potential for resource benefits than others.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
Local discretion should be used to determine the importance of fuel treatment, which treatment is applicable and what is affordable based on the use of local resources.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
Communities can plan and take coordinated action, in combination with individual actions by property owners. This can include the creation of buffers and strategic fuel breaks. These counties could adjust building and construction codes in all areas.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Reduce accidental human-caused ignitions through enforcement or greater education of the danger of attended fires.

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

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