These rural Midwestern counties have a strong agricultural economy with evidence of past prescribed fire use.

Example of a Typical County — Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri: This Mississippi River county includes a portion of the Mark Twain National Forest.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Moderate
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Very Low
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 a nearby forest products industry, 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 a problem in these counties. Reduce accidental and human-caused ignitions through enforcement or outreach.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Protect structures and target prevention of ignitions.

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