These counties are scattered across the nation, but are characterized by a high amount of demographic stress. Although these lands have not experienced a large amount of fire in the past, they could be looking at preparedness for large, long duration fires that may originate in neighboring counties.

Example of a Typical County — Hancock County, Tennessee: This rural county is largely a mix of forest and agricultural patches. It experienced a moderate sized fire in 2001.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Moderate
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
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 not as great here as in other parts of the country, but may deserve attention if a local situation dictates.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Prepare for large, long duration wildfires.

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