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Schneider Springs BAER

Unit Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801

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Incident Contact

Okanogan-Wenatchee NF
Email: okawenbaer2021@gmail.com
Phone: 801-834-4827
Hours: 8am - 6pm

Highlighted Activity

10/20/2021 FS BAER Team Begins Schneider Springs Fire Assessment
FOREST SERVICE BAER TEAM BEGINS POST-FIRE ASSESSMENT OF SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE After a large wildfire, special actions may be necessary to provide for public and community safety and protect...
Announcement - 10/20/2021

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team was recently organized by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to begin an assessment of the Schneider Springs Fire burning outside Naches, WA. BAER teams conduct rapid assessments that evaluate post-fire conditions and determine the potential for increased flooding, sediment flows, and rockslides.

BAER teams consist of many disciplines including hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, biologists, and archeologists from both federal and state agencies. The team will first survey the burned area and collect field data. BAER teams use this information to produce a “Soil Burn Severity” map and inform modeling. Determining soil burn severity is the first step in assessing potential watershed impacts to values that may be at-risk following a wildfire. Other science products describing the post-fire situation will follow. 

BAER teams ultimately produce an assessment that describes post-fire conditions along with recommended emergency stabilization measures and actions. The team then presents its findings to the Forest Supervisor and interagency cooperators.

BAER emergency stabilization efforts are focused on the protection of human life and safety, property, and critical cultural and natural resource values on National Forest System Lands.

The Schneider Springs Fire BAER assessment team will hold its formal team kick-off (internal meeting) on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, and anticipates that it will take approximately two weeks to complete their burn area assessment.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeBurned Area Emergency Response
Incident CommanderGreg Kuyumjian, Team Leader
Coordinates46.765 latitude, -120.923 longitude

Current Situation

Size107,322 Acres

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

The BAER team will hold its initial team kick-off meeting on Tuesday, October 12, and will begin field work on Wednesday, October 13.