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Tunnel Fire BAER

Unit Information

Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Incident Contact

Dick Fleishman
Phone: 928-224-8306

Highlighted Activity

05/04/2022 Corrected Soil Burn Severity Acres
 The acreage for Soil Burn Severity SBS) categories in the May 3rd release are incorrect. The following are the corrected acres and percent of the fire by SBS class. Approximately 4,775 acres (25%)..
Announcement - 05/04/2022
The map and the data delineate unburned, low, moderate and high SBS categories.Image options: [ Full Size ]

 The Tunnel Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has completed the Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map and is undertaking the next stage of the BAER process—namely completing risk assessments to critical BAER values on National Forest System lands, proposing possible post-fire emergency stabilization actions, and completing the Burned Area Report.  Critical BAER values for the Tunnel Fire include the following: Human Life and Safety; Forest Service owned property such as campgrounds roads, and trails; Natural resources such as soil productivity and hydrologic function, threatened and endangered species habitat, and native plant communities; Cultural resources. Yesterday, the BAER Team completed the risk assessment matrix and developed post-fire emergency stabilization actions to mitigate identified risks that could reduce post-fire risks to the critical BAER values and began writing the BAER assessment report.

In the coming days, the Tunnel BAER team will present these findings and any treatment recommendations to the Coconino National Forest Forest Supervisor in a report that identifies immediate and emergency stabilization actions needed to address potential post-fire risks to the critical BAER values on National Forest System lands.  Threats to critical values not located on National Forest System lands will be communicated to partner agencies.  The BAER assessment describes watershed pre- and post-fire response information, areas of concern for human life, safety, natural resources, cultural resources, property, and recommended short-term emergency stabilization actions for federal lands that are at risk. In most cases, only a portion of the burned area is actually treated. If treatments are approved for implementation, the short-term goal is to implement the actions before a damaging event occurs. Timely implementation is critical if BAER emergency response actions are to be effective. The BAER assessment team coordinates with other federal and local agencies, including Coconino County that may assist private landowners in preparing for increased run-off and potential flooding.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeBurned Area Emergency Response
Incident DescriptionA Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team, led by Brendan Waterman, has completed burn severity assessments and published a final Soil Burn Severity map that can be found in the maps section of this InciWeb site. BAER team assessments are rapid evaluations of post-fire conditions of the burned landscape to determine the level of risk from potential flooding and debris flow to values on National Forest System lands such as human life, safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. If unacceptable risks are found the team recommends appropriate and effective emergency stabilization measures to reduce the risks to National Forest lands and values.
Coordinates35.387 latitude, -111.533 longitude

Current Situation

Size19,060 Acres

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

BAER Team today are finalizing resource reports to be compiled into the final BAER assessment. Team Lead is consulting with the Southwestern Regional Office BAER coordinator on initial findings.