Only one county falls in this group and that is Midland County Texas. It is distinguished from its neighbors by its greater degree of socio-economic stress and fewer ignitions.

Example of a Typical County — Midland County, Texas: This west Texas county includes the town of Midland. Large fires occurred here during the severe drought of 2011.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Very Low
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Moderate
Human-Caused Ignitions Moderate
Effective and Efficient Response:
There is low risk of large wildfires.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
This county may have contiguous areas that could benefit from the use of landscape-scale prescribed fire. Strategic fuel breaks may be warranted. This is a non-forested county where regular use of mowing or grazing may be useful for reducing fuels.

Homes, Communities and Values at Risk
Individual homeowners can be proactive on home defensive actions.

Human-Caused Ignitions
Human caused ignitions are a problem in these counties. Reduce accidental and human-caused ignitions through enforcement or outreach.

Effective and Efficient Wildfire Response
Response organizations continue to protect structures, treat fuels and target ignitions as local conditions apply.

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