These counties typically fall in the forested, coastal environment of the southeast and in few counties of Texas and Oklahoma. There is low federal ownership and a history of prescribed fire in these counties. There are homes mixed with natural vegetation. The counties can have both a high demographic advantage and stress and a higher ignition density.

Example of a Typical County — Georgetown County, South Carolina: This county lies between Myrtle Beach to the north and the Francis Marion National Forest to the south.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels High
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions Moderate
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. Many of these counties also have nearby forest products industries, so they may consider using mechanical treatments to create a buffer between the forest and the communities before using prescribed fire.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
Individual homeowners can be proactive on home defensive actions.

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
Protect structures and target prevention of ignitions.

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