Similar to its western counterpart (2J), this group of counties has experienced a large area burned. These counties include both forested lands and mixed lands, particularly in the Southeast, where conflict arises due to considerable development and population growth over the last few decades, creating more homes in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).

Example of a Typical County — Osage County, Oklahoma: Osage County experiences regular large fires of human ignition and consist of the Osage Indian Reservation.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels High
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
These counties may have contiguous areas that could benefit from the use of landscape-scale prescribed fire. Strategic fuel breaks may be warranted. There may be an active forest products industry nearby, which could support fuel treatments.

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 also adjust building and construction codes in all areas.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions are a problem in these counties. Reduce accidental human-caused ignitions through the enforcement of burning bans or greater. Reduce human-caused incendiary ignitions by focusing on enforcement programs.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Prepare for large, long duration wildfires.

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