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King Post-Fire BAER News Release

Fire Intensity vs. Fire Severity

Incident: King Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response
Released: 10/13/2014

Eldorado National Forest
King Post-Fire BAER Assessment

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4126/

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Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

BAER Information: (530) 303-2457

FIRE INTENSITY EFFECTS ON VEGETATION

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FIRE SEVERITY EFFECTS ON SOILS




There are several types of fire severity maps that you may see. Although they look different for the same fire, they may also all be accurate. This is because fire severity is a measure of the fire effects on a specific resource such as soils, tree canopies, vegetation or wildlife habitat. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) maps are primarily measures of fire effects on soils. The following is a description of BAER fire severity mapping for soil burn severity levels.


SOIL BURN SEVERITY RATING OVERVIEW:


High Soil Burn Severity Rating: (severe damage to the soils): deeply burned soils with high water repellent soils (tend to be places where the fire burned the forest canopy, ground cover, roots, and organic matter in the topsoil).


Moderate Soil Burn Severity Rating: burned soil with moderate water repellent soils (much of the root, soil structure, and organic matter stayed intact and could help buffer the rainstorms that could cause erosion) can produce increased water run-off and soil erosion depending on the timing, magnitude, and duration of future precipitation. The remaining vegetation could quickly re-sprout and provide some cover from dead needles and leaf fall to reduce erosion.


Low Soil Burn Severity Rating: light soil burning includes land that may have burned in recent occurrences with brush or young timber growing on it.


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Eldorado National Forest
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100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667
Placerville, CA 95667
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