2016 Pioneer Fire—Post Fire Conditions Definitions and Summary
Incident: Pioneer Burned Area Emergency Response Burned Area Emergency Response
Fire effects literature, Incident Management Teams, and post fire assessment teams use various terms to describe post fire conditions. It’s important to understand the terminology and definitions to consistently apply the proper terms to avoid confusion and clarify the focus and products developed by these different teams and resource groups. This diagram portrays how Fire Intensity and Vegetation Burn Severity influence Soil Burn Severity.
Pioneer Fire BAER – Summary Total Assessment Area: 189,032 acres (completed with 2 assessments, covering 5 zones: Crooked River, Upper Grimes, Deadwood, Clear Creek, and Bear Valley) Evaluate burned areas for post fire changes in watershed conditions that increase the potential for threats such as flooding, debris flows, soil erosion, and other hazards. The Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map is the fundamental tool for locating and prioritizing areas having greatest risk to critical BAER values. SBS is developed by assessing fire effects to indicators of ground surface and soil conditions, properties that affect infiltration, runoff, and erosion (effective ground cover; char, ash, & soil oxidation; loss of soil structure; consumption/damage to fine roots; water repellency).