These counties occur mostly within the upper Midwest and within upstate New York. They are characterized by low amounts of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). There is little fire occurrence, but the infrequent and rare fires can be severe. The landscape falls within the northeast Fire Regime Group V.

Example of a Typical County — Wayne County, New York: This rural county of small towns lies east of Rochester on the south shore of Lake Ontario.

National Priorities

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

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
Local discretion should be used to determine the importance of fuel treatment, which treatment is applicable and what is affordable based on the use of local resources.

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

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions are a problem in these counties. Reduce accidental and 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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