These twenty nine rural counties are united by their high ignitions, low area burned, and relatively stressed populations in an environment that is similar to that of the Central Plains. Outlying counties in eastern Washington, Arkansas and Missouri are similar to these Great Plains counties in these respects.

Example of a Typical County — Lubbock County, Texas: The stressed population of Lubbock adds to this county’s high ignitions, but the grassy fuels are flammable during the summer.

National Priorities

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

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
These counties have a history of prescribed fire and could expand or maintain use of this fuel management option.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
Individual homeowners can be proactive on home defensive actions. These counties could adjust building and construction codes in non-municipal areas.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions are a problem in these counties. Reduce human-caused ignitions through enforcement or outreach

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

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