These counties are typically in the interior forested areas of the upper Midwest in Minnesota, some western counties of Missouri and some solitary counties of Oklahoma and Texas. They are characterized by less Wildland Urban Interface.

Example of a Typical County — Clearwater County, Minnesota: This northwest Minnesota county experienced large fires in 2002, 2003 and 2005. It includes Red Lake and White Earth Indian Reservations.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Moderate
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Very Low
Human-Caused Ignitions Moderate
Effective and Efficient Response:
There is high risk of large wildfires, less potential for resource benefits.

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
Prepare for large, long duration wildfires. Protect structures and treat landscape fuels.

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