These eastern areas experience a higher amount of demographic stress due to the rural nature of the “bedroom communities” in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area. There are many people in the WUI and higher ignitions due to the higher population.

Example of a Typical County — Berkeley County, West Virginia: Berkeley County includes the commuter towns of Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Low
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk Moderate
Human-Caused Ignitions High
Effective and Efficient Response:
There is moderate risk of large wildfires, less potential for resource benefits.

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

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