These areas occur in the interior federal forests of the eastern United States, mostly within the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, with some counties in Arkansas and Texas. These counties have higher Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas and have higher ignitions.

Example of a Typical County — Sevier County, Tennessee: This county includes the primary entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and includes Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Moderate
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 and most counties have less potential for resource benefits than others.

Policy Options and Opportunities

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

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

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