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Woods Creek BAER

Unit Information

Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, MT 59602

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Incident Contact

Chiara Cipriano
Phone: 406-594-6497
Hours: M-F 9-5

Highlighted Activity

09/28/2021 Woods Creek BAER Report Summary
The USFS BAER team has completed their assessment and treatment recommendations for critical values at risk in the area burned by the Woods Creek Fire. The BAER team was comprised of experts in...
News - 09/28/2021
A recreation specialist takes note of a burned bridge that will need replacement along 118 Belt Crest Trail.  This is one out of nine bridges lost to the Woods Creek Fire.Image options: [ Full Size ]

 THREE PHASES OF WILDFIRE RECOVERY


There are three phases of recovery following wildfires on federal lands:

-       Fire Suppression Repair

-       Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

-       Long-Term Recovery and Restoration

o   Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities and usually begins before the fire is contained, and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

o   Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first post-fire damaging events. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources. BAER actions such as: mulching, seeding, installation of erosion and water run-off control structures, temporary barriers to protect recovering areas, and installation of warning signs may be implemented. BAER work may also replace safety related facilities; remove safety hazards; prevent permanent loss of habitat for threatened and endangered species; prevent the spread of noxious weeds, and protect critical cultural resources.

o   Long-Term Recovery and Restoration utilizes non-emergency actions to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the fire that are not critical to life and safety. This phase may include restoring burned habitat, reforestation, other planting or seeding, monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, interpreting cultural sites, treating noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeBurned Area Emergency Response
Coordinates46.561 latitude, -111.226 longitude

Outlook

Remarks

Work is occurring by specialists to assess impacts to recreational facilities and developed recreation sites, bridges, roads, culverts, heritage sites, Grizzly bear habitat and species of interest including the whitebark pine.