Ranch Fire BAER

Knobcone pine cones drop new seeds when heated

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team finished its assessment and provided recommendations to the Mendocino National Forest. The reports provided information about the potential for future flooding, erosion and debris flows and made recommendations for emergency stabilization activities that need to occur in the first year after the fire. The BAER team advised forest officials that future washouts from storm events pose general and widespread threats to safety for visitors and Forest Service employees. 

Due to the size of the fire and its activity at the time the BAER team arrived on the forest, the team assessed the fire in two phases. The team assessed the southern portion of the fire first - Phase 1 - involving an area 191,068 acres in size. The team completed Phase 2 (218,683 acres) of the assessment in September.