These economically stressed urban counties have relatively few ignitions. They occur on the southern edge of the US.

Example of a Typical County — Orleans Parish, Louisiana: This parish is dominated by the city of New Orleans. Some prescribed fire is used in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge east of the city.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Very Low
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
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. These counties could adjust building and construction codes in non-municipal areas.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions may be 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.

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