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Pioneer Burned Area Emergency Response

Unit Information

Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709

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Incident Contacts

Venetia Gempler
Phone: 208-373-4105

Boise National Forest
Phone: 208-373-4100
Hours: M-F 8- 4:30 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

11/07/2016 Pioneer Fire Recovery and Restoration Update
Three Phases of the Pioneer Fire Recovery Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts from fire...
News - 11/07/2016
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Boise National Forest Completes Monumental Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts

Two teams of BAER specialists worked diligently through August and September 2016 completing two assessments within 189,032 acres of the Pioneer Wildfire. The teams identified emergency response actions to reduce imminent unacceptable risk to human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands due to post fire events. The evaluation of burned areas for post fire changes in watershed conditions identified potential threats such as flooding, debris flows, soil erosion and other hazards.

Most of the authorized BAER treatments were implemented in the fall of 2016 including: 900 acres of aerial mulching, 300 miles of road drainage reconstruction, and upsizing more than 60 culverts providing increased water flows. Close to 100 miles of recreation trails have been treated with water bars and tread shaping and hazard trees have been removed at 15 developed recreation sites.

Approximately 150 warning signs have been posted on roads, trails and at recreation sites warning Forest visitors of the threats that exist within the burned area. Implementation was completed for the season, the remaining work will continue in the spring 2017 as weather conditions become favorable.

The Boise NF appreciates the support of over 60 BAER specialists from multiple forests within Regions 1 through 6 in completing the assessments and implementation efforts. (READ MORE)

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeBurned Area Emergency Response
Coordinates43.95 latitude, -115.762 longitude

Current Situation

Size188,405 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday November 03rd, 2016 approx. 12:00 PM

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