Pioneer Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) receives funding
Incident: Pioneer Burned Area Emergency Response Burned Area Emergency Response
Boise, Idaho, October 4, 2016 The first BAER assessment, which analyzed 60,000 acres in the south central area of the Pioneer Fire, was approved by the U. S. Forest Service’s Washington Office giving the Boise National Forest authorization to implement immediate, short-term safety and emergency stabilization actions within critical areas within the 188,000 plus acre Fire.
“The safety of visitors and our employees is a priority and putting emergency stabilization projects in place is the first step in addressing this risk.,” said Cecilia Seesholtz, Boise National Forest Supervisor.
The BAER Team identified a number of priority treatments. Examples include, work to protect infrastructure (i.e., roads and trails) from increased runoff and erosion expected after the fire. These actions will reduce post-fire effects to water quality and bull trout, a listed species under the Endangered Species Act. Reduce the potential for new noxious weed infestations and minimize the spread of existing infestations. Develop protective safety actions such as temporary closures or signage to reduce risks to human life and safety by warning motorists and forest visitors of existing threats while traveling within and downstream of burned areas.
Hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, wildlife and fisheries biologists, archeologists, geographic information specialists, and silviculturists (forestry specialists) make up the BAER Team. Prescribed strategies are applied from their detailed analyses to reduce potential damage on National Forest System lands before the first major storms. Approved treatments must be completed within one year.
As the season changes into fall additional soil movement may occur in areas not seen previously. Visitors should be prepared for changing conditions.
Visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices for Boise National Forest closures.