BAER Assessment Presentation Now Available
On Thursday, October 12 the Burned Area Emergency Response team presented their assessment findings and recommendations at a public meeting held at the Chetco Community Library in Brookings. A PDF... more
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team conducted an assessment of the Chetco Bar Fire between September 30 and October 11. The fire covered slightly over 190,000 acres within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Gold Beach and Wild Rivers Ranger Districts, Bureau of Land Management, and Coos Bay Forest Protection lands.
BAER is an emergency program aimed at managing imminent unacceptable risks to human life and safety, property, or critical natural and cultural resources from post-wildfire damaging events. The primary purpose of the BAER program is to assess and prevent damage from rain events on burned areas.
Natural resource specialists conduct field surveys and use science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds on all lands, then inventory values at risk and determine the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. Team members closely assess the watersheds for post-fire rain related impacts such as increased flooding, debris flow potential, and increased soil erosion. The goal is to minimize threats to life or property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from the fire effects.
The BAER Team recommends various treatments and time critical activities to be completed before the first damaging storm event. Those recommendations are submitted as a proposed rehabilitation plan to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Pacific Northwest Region of the USFS for approval. Once approved, the Forest will receive funding to complete rehabilitation efforts within the fire area.
Treatments will be installed within one year from the date of full containment for the Chetco Bar Fire and may be monitored for up to three years.
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