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Monday, October 28, 2013

Rim Fire Post-Fire Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Measures

USFS Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) implementation team continues to assess needs and implement emergency stabilization measures.
 Within burned areas the recommended BAER treatments include:
  • Improving road drainage and storm proofing roads at risk of failure from increased flooding.
  • Stabilizing and repairing trails.
  • Monitoring for and treating invasive weeds.
  • Providing safety emergency signs.
  • Mulching and chipping to protect fragile soils.
Fires result in loss of vegetation exposure of soil to erosion and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding increased sediment and debris flows.

The National Weather Service has been working with the the CA-NV River Forecast Center and the United States Geological Survey to develop precipitation thresholds that will likely trigger debris flows rock slides ash movement and flash floods on the Rim Fire burn scar.
These are the initial values we will be utilizing going into this winter.
  • .2" in 15 minutes
  • .3" in 30 minutes
  • .5" in 1 hour
  • .9" in 3 hours
  • 1.4" in 6 hours
There are three phases of rehabilitation following wildfires on federal lands:
  • Fire Suppression Repair
  • Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)
  • Long-Term Recovery and Restoration
 Fire Suppression Repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities and usually begins before the fire is contained. This work repairs the hand and dozer fire lines roads trails staging areas safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety property and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first major storms.

Long-Term Recovery and Restoration utilizes non-emergency actions 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 and safety. This phase may include restoring burned habitat reforestation planting replacing burned fences interpreting cultural sites treating noxious weed infestations and installing interpretive signs.

For public safety the Rim Fire closure is still in effect.
 Please abide by the closure signs. Crews and equipment are working in the area creating a hazardous situation. Burned trees continue to fall. For more information select the closure tab above.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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