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BAER Teams Release Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire Soil Burn Severity Map

Jack Fire Wildfire
News – 10/11/2021

Forest Service

Umpqua National Forest

2900 Northwest Stewart Parkway

Roseburg, OR 97471

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 News Release


Umpqua National Forest BAER Info: Joe Blanchard


BAER teams working on post-fire assessment of the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob Complex release Soil Burn Severity maps.

Roseburg, OR – Two Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams have been established to assess the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob Complex for post-fire changed watershed conditions and threats to USFS critical values.   

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and reduce these threats through appropriate emergency measures to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources.  BAER is an emergency program for stabilization work that involves time-critical activities to be completed before the first damaging event to prevent damage or loss of those critical values from changes caused by the post-fire environment.

The BAER teams utilized satellite imagery and specialist data to analyze and produce a map of each fire incident that shows the levels of soil burn severity on the watersheds. This is the first step in assessing potential watershed impacts from wildfires to any NFS values that may be at-risk from potential increased flooding, sedimentation, debris flows and rockslides. BAER teams produce a report that describes threats associated with the burned area’s post-fire conditions along with recommended emergency stabilization measures and actions. BAER emergency response efforts are focused on the protection of human life, safety and property, as well as critical cultural and natural resource values such as the water quality of streams and wetlands on NFS lands.

The Soil Burn Severity maps for the three fire incidents have been finalized, and less than one percent of any of the fires resulted in high soil burn severity.  Overall, the maps depict a mixed severity burn of moderate, low, and very low/unburned severity.

The BAER team resource specialists then use the Soil Burn Severity maps to complete rapid assessments that evaluate the burned area to identify watersheds having increased potential for post-fire flooding, sediment flows, falling trees, and rockslides. BAER teams typically consist of scientists and specialists including hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, recreation specialists, archeologists and geographic information specialists. BAER teams collect data during their burned area surveys to analyze through GIS and computer models and present their findings along with recommended BAER emergency response actions in a BAER assessment report.

The BAER Teams on the Rough Patch Complex, Jack Fire, and Devils Knob complex are currently in the process of assessing the potential threats, and risk of damage or loss to NFS critical values, as well as formulating emergency treatment recommendations to protect those identified NFS critical values from damage or loss.  This information will be presented in an assessment report that identifies immediate and emergency actions needed to address post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural and critical natural resources.

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