These western interior rangeland counties are typically demographically advantaged and experience a larger area burned. Homes are concentrated in communities. Communities lie near large, natural landscapes that are non-forested.

Example of a Typical County — Cochise County, Arizona: Cochise County is east of Tucson. Particularly large fires have occurred on the forested mountain ranges, as experienced in 2012.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels High
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions 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 may consider using prescribed fire as one of their primary fuel management options.

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. These counties could adjust building and construction codes in 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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