Burned Area Emergency Response Team is working on the Hirz and Delta Fires
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, local counties, California Department of Transportation, and other federal, state and local agencies to assess potential post-fire impacts to watersheds burned by the Hirz and Delta Fires.
“The BAER assessment for the Hirz and Delta Fires is vitally important for the current and future management of watersheds within the fire impacted area,” stated Scott Russell, Forest Supervisor for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. “We are fortunate to have the involvement of a wide cross section of representatives from local, state, and Federal agencies/organizations and private land owners to help ensure effective coordination across jurisdictions.”
The BAER assessment team is evaluating watershed conditions to determine the level of potential risks to human life, safety, property, natural and cultural-heritage resources. Based on the evaluation, the team will determine if there are appropriate and effective immediate and short term emergency stabilization measures that can be implemented on federal lands to reduce potential post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural-heritage and critical natural resources.
Field surveys have been conducted using science-based models to rapidly evaluate and assess the burned area. A “Soil Burn Severity” map has been prepared to assess watershed conditions and watershed response to the wildfire. The map identifies areas of soil burn severity by categories of low/unburned, moderate, and high.
Kevin Cooper, team leader for the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team on the Hirz and Delta Fires, describes the role of the team and who is involved and what they do in this video (YouTube link).
The BAER assessment team and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), work together and coordinate with other federal and local agencies, and counties to assist private landowners in preparing for increased run-off and potential flooding. Post fire assistance to private landowners is available through NRCS technical assistance, the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Additional information on this program can be found at: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ca/newsroom/features/
To assist with fire recovery NRCS conducts field visits and prepares damage survey reports for private land adjacent to and downstream from the burned areas. NRCS uses these reports, along with the BAER team’s assessment report, to develop recommended emergency measures for businesses and private landowners to reduce the impacts to their property from potential increased water and debris flows.
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|Incident Type||Burned Area Emergency Response|
|Coordinates||40.924 latitude, -122.261 longitude|