This group occurs mostly in western counties, with many located in Colorado and Utah. This area has a large proportion of federal ownership and is characterized as rural with a moderate population density. There are fewer homes exposed but a larger Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area factor.

Example of a Typical County — Mesa County, Colorado: This west Colorado county includes the town of Grand Junction. Three quarters of the land area is federal, and this includes the Grand Mesa and Uncompahgre National Forests.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Very Low
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Moderate
Human-Caused Ignitions Moderate
Effective and Efficient Response:
Counties in this combo have high risk to large wildfires, but some have less potential than others for resource benefits.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Vegetation and Fuels
These counties may have contiguous areas that could benefit from the use of landscape-scale prescribed fire. Strategic fuel breaks may be warranted. There may be an active forest products industry nearby, which could support fuel treatments.

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

Human-Caused Ignitions
Reduce human-caused incendiary ignitions by focusing on enforcement programs.

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

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