July 11, 2014, Santa Fe, NM - A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is working within the Diego Fire area to complete a damage assessment and develop recommendations for treatments. The objective of this assessment is to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest lands.
The focus of the BAER assessment and the development of emergency stabilization actions include:
- Key human values (human life and safety, property, communities, municipal watersheds, roads)
- Key cultural considerations (national monuments, archaeological sites, traditional cultural properties, sacred sites, and minimize impacts to contemporary cultural resources)
- Key natural resource considerations (watershed restoration, Endangered Species Act issues, contaminates to water sources)
A variety of emergency stabilization actions can be recommended by the BAER team if a determination of unacceptable risk to critical values is made. Treatments such as mulching, reseeding, identifying and controlling noxious and invasive weeds, installing warning signs, and protecting infrastructure such as roads by modifying drainage structures, adding culverts, and installing rolling dips are often used in post fire situations.
The BAER team is currently completing field surveys and beginning analysis of potential risk to critical values, from which emergency stabilization treatments will be developed. The team anticipates the assessment report to be completed the week of July 14, 2014.
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A community meeting will be scheduled when the assessment report is completed. Contact the BAER office at 505-438-5683 or 505-438-5676 for information.