Frye Fire BAER Update
Incident: Frye Fire Wildfire
Location: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Although the initial threat of the Frye Fire has passed, post-fire conditions are being assessed to recommend preventive treatments and emergency stabilization for fire related problems such as soil erosion from loss of vegetation; flooding from increased runoff; and increased sedimentation downstream which could have the potential to impact private property and public safety. This assessment is called a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER).
A BAER Team is currently gathering information to evaluate potential threats to public safety, life, and property associated with post-fire conditions. Beginning with the development of a burn severity map, the Team will make recommendations to determine critical values and threats, propose specific mitigation measures regarding these threats, and develop funding requests to accomplish the needed tasks. It is important that this process happen quickly due to the pending onset of monsoonal thunderstorms.
The BAER Team is evaluating areas where vegetation has been removed to determine effective mitigation measures. These measures may include seeding ground covers to help stabilize soils, and clearing debris from stream channels to enhance water flow capabilities. The conditions of road culverts are also being assessed to assure that they are clear and can accommodate increased flows. A monitoring process will also be developed to determine the effectiveness of implemented treatments.
The BAER Team will be submitting an initial request for implementation funding in the very near future. These funds will be used to implement project which contribute to fire stabilization.
Closures: The majority of the Frye Fire area remains closed to public. Detailed information regarding this closure may be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd550498.pdf.
Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 Fire Restriction remain in effect. A copy of these restrictions may be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd547366.pdf.
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