These six counties are distinguished by their relatively high socio-economic advantage and low historical fire. In part because of these inherent attributes of the environment, there remains a relatively low incidence of fire here.

Example of a Typical County — Leelanau County, Michigan: Leelanau County lies in the extreme northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and has few residents.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Very Low
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Low
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
Reduce human-caused incendiary ignitions by focusing on enforcement programs.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Protect structures and target prevention of ignitions.

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