King Fire Emergency Stabilization Projects Underway
Incident: King Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response
Placerville, CA….The Eldorado National Forest received $3,117,177 for emergency land stabilization activities on federal lands burned by the King Fire. The funds will be used to reduce risks of increased flooding and mud/debris flows.
“The first step in helping the burned land recover was to assess the emergency work that needs to be completed before the intense rains occur,” said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “I received an assessment from the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team and the work is underway.”
A variety of projects, referred to as “treatments,” are scheduled to take place in the weeks ahead. The BAER implementation team expects to begin aerial application of the straw mulch on 1,469 acres of severely burned lands this month.
The BAER team surveyed all trails affected by the fire. Crews are in the process of removing hazardous trees along trails and within the recreation sites, stabilizing approximately half the trails, and removing hazardous debris within the fire area. Storm-proofing Forest Service roads in the burn area is also on the project list.
Local California Conservation Corps and American Conservation Enterprise crews are completing trail stabilization work and a variety of other projects identified by the assessment team.
The Forest Service installed warning signs along national forest trails, road intersections and recreation areas to protect the traveling public from hazards in the burn area. Trees, stumps, and other woody materials continue to burn inside the fire perimeter. As a result, the entire fire area, including all trails, remain closed to the public.
The Forest Service expects that some roads will need to remain closed during potential flood events due to thedanger of falling trees and rocks.
BAER stabilization treatments are coordinated with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Placer County, El Dorado County, and other state and local agencies responsible for flood control and assistance to private landowners downstream from burned federal lands. Federal assistance to private landowners is the primary responsibility of the NRCS through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program(www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ca/newsroom/factsheets/?