Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
BALD MTN-POLE CREEK BAER SOIL BURN SEVERITY MAP RELEASED
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) specialists recently completed their data gathering and verification field work of the Bald Mountain-Pole Creek burn areas and finalized its Soil Burn Severity map. Soil Burn Severity levels are Unburned, Low, Moderate, and High.
The map shows that in the fire area, approximately 55% of the 124,763 acres analyzed by the BAER team for the Bald Mountain-Pole Creek fires is considered unburned (14%) or low (41%) soil burn severity, while 41% sustained a moderate soil burn severity, and 4% burned at a high soil burn severity.
BAER post-fire assessment teams use the soil burn severity data to identify areas of concern where increased soil erosion, accelerated surface water run-off, and debris flows have the potential to impact human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources from rain events. Forest Service BAER teams typically consist of scientists and specialists that consider emergency stabilization options for those critical resources.
Significant increases in the rates of erosion and run-off are expected from steep hillslopes with high and moderate soil burn severity. Erosion and run-off from unburned and low soil burn severity areas will not be significantly greater as a result of the fire. However, areas of unburned and low soil burn severity located downstream from moderate and high soil burn severity will likely experience increased rates of erosion, debris flows, and surface run-off due to cumulative effects.
The Bald Mtn-Pole Creek soil burn severity BAER map can be downloaded at the interagency “Bald Mtn-Pole Creek Post-Fire BAER” InciWeb site as a JPEG or PDF version under the “maps” tab.
A "Field Guide for Mapping Post-Fire Soil Burn Severity" can help with interpreting the map and can be found online at http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr243.pdf.
SPECIAL NOTE: Everyone near and downstream from the burned areas should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scars. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events-be prepared to take action. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov/slc/.