These counties have had intensive conflicts between high human population and large, destructive wildfires. These counties are typically of higher advantage and regularly lose structures to wildfire. Primary emphasis will be on community protection, reducing ignitions and response. Use of buffers could become an important tool.

Example of a Typical County — Los Angeles County, California: Los Angeles County is nearly one third federal with much of the rest urban. Frequent human ignitions and flammable fuels lead to land use conflicts and costly suppression.

National Priorities

Vegetation and Fuels Very Low
Homes, Communities and Values at Risk High
Human-Caused Ignitions Moderate
Effective and Efficient Response:
The majority of this combo has low risk to large wildfires, though some counties have high risk to large wildfires with less potential for resource benefits.

Policy Options and Opportunities

Managing Fuels Across the Landscape
Strategic use of fuel breaks may be warranted.

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

Home and Community Actions
Communities can plan and take coordinated action, in combination with individual actions by property owners. This can include the creation of buffers and strategic fuel breaks. These counties could adjust building and construction codes in municipal areas.

Response to Wildfires
Prepare for large, long duration wildfires. Protect structures and treat landscape fuels. Protect structures and target prevention of ignitions.

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