These interior forested counties are largely in the Southeast and include oak woodlands, mixed forest and high Wildland Urban Intermix. These private landowners are scattered throughout the landscape. Many ignitions occur within the Wildland Urban Interface. Additionally, these areas experience a higher demographic stress.

Example of a Typical County — Seminole County, Oklahoma: This rural central Oklahoma county has experienced recurrent large fires, especially in 2003, 2005, 2005 and 2012.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels High
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions High
Effective and Efficient Response:
There is high risk of large wildfires, less 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. There may be an active forest products industry nearby, which could support fuel treatments.

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
Prepare for small and large, long duration wildfires. Protect structures and target prevention of ignitions.

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