Globe, Arizona, June 9, 2017—For Immediate Release.
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) implementation treatments continue on the Pinal Fire south of Globe, Arizona. Treatments include clearing drainages of debris that might move downstream and plug culverts where roads cross the creeks. Currently, over eleven miles of stream channel have been cleared of debris to the anticipated high water flow mark.
Work has also begun on improving road drainage to enhance down stream flow and reduce impacts to road systems in the areas of the Tonto National Forest affected by the Pinal Fire. Treatment along roads includes cleaning existing culverts to improve their ability to drain properly, and replacing damaged or under sized drainage tubes. Maintenance is also being done on the road surface to improve its ability to drain properly during a monsoon event.
Firefighters have also been working in areas frequented by the public to assure that hazard trees have been removed. The trees being removed are those which were structurally damaged by the fire or otherwise pose a danger. This work was done as part of safety concerns for the public and not a part of the BAER process.
At the present time the BAER team is evaluating additional opportunities to reduce Pinal Fire impacts created by potentially heavy monsoon storms. These projects will be designed to mitigate the loss of natural soil cover and vegetation, and reduce runoff impacts downstream.
Pictures of some of the above BAER work have been posted on Inciweb and may be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/photographs/5176/