These counties have a moderate population density and are bedroom communities to some of the smaller cities of the southeast. The counties include those in the hill country west of Austin and San Antonio, TX; near Tallahassee, FL, south of Ft. Myers, FL; north of Jacksonville, FL; and north of Oklahoma City, OK. The landscape is mixed with a history of fire. The private landowner plays a larger role than the state or federal government. Mechanical treatments will not be economically driven, as these locations lie outside of the “timber belt”. It is advantageous to have focus on local, strategically placed treatments. A good investment will be to focus on the prevention of ignitions to keep the fire from burning homes.
Example of a Typical County — Collier County, Florida: Wildfire is a regular occurrence here. This county includes Naples and Big Cypress National Preserve.
|Vegetation and Fuels||High|
|Homes, Communities and Values at Risk||High|