These Western Counties exhibit a high percent of federal ownership and have a mixed forested landscape. These areas are very rural with low population density; they have few roads, and very flammable vegetation. These counties include sparsely populated areas north of Spokane, WA and northwest of Missoula MT; the southeast Utah Tribal Lands; central Colorado USDA Forest Service lands mixed with old mining towns; and a mix of landscapes and federal ownership near Socorro, NM.
These areas may be good candidates for wildland fire use and increased targeted prescribed fire. There is a greater than average number of homes exposed near large tracts of federal ownership, so buffers that are funded by state and federal funds will be required.
Example of a Typical County — Sagauche County, Colorado: This county includes the Rio Grande national Forest and BLM lands. It has experienced few large wildfires in the last decade.
|Vegetation and Fuels||High|
|Homes, Communities and Values at Risk||High|
|Human-Caused Ignitions||Very Low|