Burned Area Emergency Response Across the RRSNF

What is BAER?

BAER Culvert WorkBurned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is an emergency program aimed at managing imminent unacceptable risks to human life and safety, property, or critical natural and cultural resources from post-wildfire damaging events. The primary purpose of the BAER program is to assess and prevent damage from rain events on burned areas. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources.

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Natural resource specialists conduct field surveys and use science-based models to rapidly assess watersheds on all lands, inventorying values at risk, and determining the need for emergency measures and treatments on National Forest lands. BAER Team members closely assess the watersheds for post-fire rain related impacts such as increased flooding, debris flow potential, and increased soil erosion.

The goal is to minimize threats to life or property and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from the fire effects. 

The BAER Team then recommends various treatments and time-critical activities to be completed before the first damaging storm event. Those recommendations are submitted as a proposed rehabilitation plan to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Pacific Northwest Region of the USFS for approval. Once approved, the Forest will receive funding to complete rehabilitation efforts within the fire area.

Treatments are typically completed within one year from the date of full containment, and may be monitored for up to three years.

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Documents of Interest

Taylor Creek/Klondike Fire

Hendrix Fire

Natchez Fire

South Umpqua Complex (Miles Fire)

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