Thomas Fire News Release

InciWeb - Incident Information System

[Skip to content]

Thomas Fire News Release

THREE PHASES OF WILDFIRE REHABILITATION

Incident: Thomas Fire Wildfire
Released: 12/20/2017




THREE PHASES OF WILDFIRE REHABILITATION FOR THE

THOMAS FIRE



With the Thomas Fire is at 50% containment and 50 miles of line left to complete, it is time to start preparing for fire suppression repair, and long term recovery. Over 63% or 147,469 acres of the fire are on federal lands, 147,469 of which 142,211 of which are National Forest System Land.


There are three phases of rehabilitation following wildfires on all lands: Fire Suppression Repair; Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER); and Long-term Recovery.


Fire Suppression Repair
is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize environmental impacts resulting from fire suppression activities and is usually begun as the fire is contained and before the demobilization of an Incident Management Team. This work rehabilitates the hand and dozer firelines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.


The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by specialized teams to identify unacceptable post-fire threats and implement emergency treatments to reduce unacceptable risks before the first major storm or damaging event. The fire results in a loss of vegetation, exposure of the soil to erosion and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding and increased sediment and debris flows. BAER treatments such as the installation of erosion and runoff water control devices; temporary barriers to protect recovering areas; warning signs; and drainage features for increased flow may be implemented. BAER work may also replace safety related facilities; remove safety hazards; prevent permanent loss of habitat for threatened and endangered species; and prevent the spread of noxious weeds. Local, state and federal teams are currently working on different portions of the Thomas Fire.


Long-Term Recovery
include non-emergency actions that are done within three years or more after fire containment 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 safety. This phase may include restoring burned habitat, monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, stabilizing cultural sites, treating pre-existing noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs.

Unit Information

USFS Shield
Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
California
Goleta, CA 93117
Facebook

Incident Contacts

Santa Barbara County Fire Information
Phone: 800-400-1572
Hours: M-S 7-7p
Ventura County Fire Information
Phone: 805-465-6650
Hours: M-S 24 hours
more contacts »« close

Recent Articles

Related Incident Links

Incident Cooperators

Follow this Incident

Fire Information Websites

Share This

National Wildfire Coordinating Group U.S. Forest Service Bureau of Land Managemen Bureau of Indian Affairs Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service National Association of State Foresters U.S. Fire Administration
Content posted to this website is for information purposes only.
version: 2.4      load time: 0.00038 sec.