Burned Area Emergency Response Team Begins Assessment of Pioneer Fire
Incident: Pioneer Burned Area Emergency Response Burned Area Emergency Response
BOISE, Idaho, August 23, 2016 Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been established by the Boise National Forest to begin its burned area survey of the Pioneer fire area. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned area that evaluate the potential for increased post-fire flooding, sediment flows, and rock slides.
This initial BAER effort will focus on the eastern portion of the fire within the Crooked River drainage. A second BAER assessment of areas burned in the S.F. Payette River and Deadwood River drainages will begin when the fire becomes less active and conditions allow safe access to these areas.
Forest BAER Coordinator Terry Hardy said, “After the team completes their assessment to identify post-fire threats to critical BAER values, they will recommend response actions and stabilization treatments to address the emergency conditions.” The treatment objectives focus on stabilizing soil, controlling water, sediment, debris and other hazards causing unacceptable risks to human life and safety, property, and important natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands.
Developed recreational facilities such as Edna Creek campground will be assessed for hazard tree removal as part of the BAER process. Potential replacement of damaged structures such as restrooms, picnic tables, and trail bridges will be addressed during long-term restoration efforts. Long-term recovery and restoration utilizes non-emergency actions to improve fire-damaged lands that are unlikely to recover naturally and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the fire that are not critical to life and safety.
Located eight miles northeast of Idaho City, the Pioneer Fire is approximately 100,400 acres and 50 percent contained. The fire continues to burn actively on the north, east, and western edges of the fire perimeter. For public safety, the Pioneer Fire area closure is still in effect. Crews and equipment are working in the area creating a hazardous situation, and burned trees continue to fall.