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Salt Post-Fire BAER

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
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Redding, CA 96002

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Preparing for Rainstorms

Salt Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response
News – 7/29/2021

PREPARING FOR RAINSTORMS
 

Often after a large wildfire, special actions are necessary to provide for public safety.


Thunderstorms and summer monsoon rain events can result in high runoff, potential flooding and debris flows.


Wildfire increases the potential for flooding, post-fire soil erosion and debris flows that could impact campgrounds, fishing areas, homes, structures, roads and other infrastructure within, adjacent to, and downstream from the burned areas.


Post-fire, watershed conditions naturally receive and transport water and sediment differently than during pre-fire conditions.


The public and communities adjacent to and downstream from the wildfire areas should expect increased flooding and debris transport during less than average rain events.


The potential for increased runoff and debris flows are not just a one-year concern.


We need to recognize the threat potential of flash floods and debris flows may exist for the next 3-5 years, depending on the intensity of the rainstorms.


For life and safety concerns, burned area closures may need to be implemented prior to forecast rain events until the burned area fully recovers.


Residents and visitors should remain alert to weather events and plan ahead when travelling along roads downstream from the burned areas of any wildfire.


A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been working with the Shasta-Trinity and Klamath National Forests, to assess the condition of the watersheds on National Forest System (NFS) lands that burned in the Salt, Lava and Tennant wildfires.


The BAER assessment team identifies potential emergency threats to critical BAER values, and recommends emergency stabilization response actions that are implemented on federal land to reduce potential post-fire threats.


BAER critical values that may be considered at-risk on federal and tribal lands are:

- Human life and safety.

- Property such as buildings, water systems and infrastructure, utility systems, road and trail prisms.

- Natural Resources such as water, soil productivity and hydrologic function, areas where invasive species or noxious weeds may impact native or naturalized communities and may include critical habitat or suitable occupied habitat for federally listed threatened or endangered species.

- Cultural and Heritage Resources such as pre-historic and historic properties and sites.


For values and resources potentially impacted off federal and tribal lands, one of the most effective BAER strategies is its interagency coordination with local cooperators who assist affected businesses, homes and landowners prepare for rain events. 


While multi-agency efforts are being taken to reduce the risks to life and safety downstream from the burned area, residents in the area should develop individual plans to protect themselves and their property. 


The Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) work together and coordinate with other federal, state and local agencies, and counties that assist private landowners in preparing for increased run-off and potential flooding.


NRCS and local sponsors prepare damage survey reports for eligible sites on private lands adjacent to and downstream from affected areas. 

NRCS uses these reports, along with the BAER team’s assessment report, to develop emergency measures to reduce the impacts from
potential increased water and debris flows, and assist local sponsors to implement recommended emergency measures through its Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program: (www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1045263.pdf).


All EWP Program–Recovery projects begin with a local sponsor or an involved division of a state or tribal government. Eligible sponsors include cities, counties, towns, conservation districts, or any federally-recognized Native American tribe or tribal organization. Interested public and private landowners can apply for EWP Program–Recovery assistance through one of those sponsors. For more information on NRCS Disaster Assistance Programs:  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/az/programs/0bc695ea-339f-4030-aacd-90a1ce37fc8d/.


The US Department of Agriculture also provides an “After Fire Toolkit” and information site where land resource managers, landowners, or communities can find guidance for assessing and preventing potential damage due to post-fire flooding and related events.  Browse this site to find information on the research, methods and tools available for measuring and reducing risks associated with post-fire flood, debris flows and sedimentation: https://postfiresw.info/.


The following local county offices of emergency management promote preparedness through their emergency services programs to assist the public to prepare for, respond appropriately to, and quickly recover from natural emergencies that may impact county residents and visitors:

Siskiyou County Emergency Services

Siskiyou County Emergency Alerts

Siskiyou County Emergency Preparedness

Siskiyou County Flood Control

Siskiyou County Public Works

Shasta County Wildfire Recovery & Rebuilding

Shasta County Emergency Services

Shasta County Emergency Alert Notices

Homes or businesses that could be impacted by flooding from federal land that resulted from wildfires may be eligible for flood insurance coverage from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Information about NFIP is available through FEMA at www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program, or FEMA Wildfire Increases Flood Risk. Other flood preparedness information is available at www.ready.gov/floods and www.floodsmart.gov/.

SPECIAL NOTEEveryone 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 websites:https://www.weather.gov/sto/ and https://www.weather.gov/mfr/.

Lava Post-Fire BAER Assessment information is available at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7693/

Salt Post-Fire BAER Assessment information is available at: 
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7697/

Tennant Post-Fire BAER Assessment information is available at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7699/