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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Burned Area Emergency Response|
|Incident Commander||Greg Kuyumjian, Team Leader|
|Coordinates||46.765 latitude, -120.923 longitude|
|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.