A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team working on the Umpqua and Rogue River- Siskiyou National Forests has completed their assessment of the South Umpqua Complex fires, including the Miles, Columbus, and Snowshoe fires. Part of the assessment includes a map showing “soil burn severity” to the wildfires to help land managers determine the potential risks of floods, soil erosion, and debris flows. A team of soil scientists, hydrologists, engineers and others use this map to pinpoint treatments to reduce risks to critical Forest Service infrastructure, safety of the public, and natural and cultural resources.
The soil burn severity mapping indicates that the majority of the acres burned in the South Umpqua Complex Fires burned at low soil burn severity. Of the 53,936 acres burned at the time of the assessment, only 2 percent is estimated as being high severity; 22 percent is considered moderate; 72 percent low, and 4 percent is very low or unburned.
Now that the assessment is complete and signed off by the Forest Supervisor and Regional Forester, the next phase is to begin implementation of the emergency treatments. “The highest priority treatments are those that protect public safety and reduce negative impacts to roads and Coho salmon Critical Habitat from storm events this winter,” says Joe Blanchard, BAER Team Leader. “These treatments include posting warning signs and preparing the drainage structures along roads to handle increased sediment and stream flows”.
Full implementation of the BAER treatments will be complete within one year of containment of the fires. The complete BAER reports and treatments maps can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/land/umpqua/landmanagement
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