The counties are mainly in the Rio Grande valley of Texas and are characterized by mesquite dominated rangeland. Other counties in New Mexico and Colorado are also rangeland dominated. This area does not experience many ignitions but once a fire starts it can burn large areas. This is a very high demographic stress area with a high Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) density. The response capacity to fire can be an issue due to the high stress and roadless areas.
Example of a Typical County — Val Verde County, Texas: This US-Mexico border county experienced large fires in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
|Vegetation and Fuels||Moderate|
|Homes, Communities and Values at Risk||High|
|Human-Caused Ignitions||Very Low|